Oh, what God can do with ‘Yes’!

I am excited about a particular assignment I have taken on this Fall. I am reading a fabulous book called “Who Does He Say You Are” by Colleen C. Mitchell, and will be writing a review of the book for Kennedy Brownrigg Group. The best part of this assignment is that I get to interview the author. You’ll be hearing lots more about Colleen and the book in the weeks to come. I just had to share this today…

This is a quote from Colleen’s prologue:

“I finally offered myself to Him as I was – afraid and unable to see how I could be of use to Him – and prayed that if he still wanted me, I would go. When I finally made that surrender to God, and to the vision my husband was now seeing for our future with certain clarity, God moved mountains to show me that he was arranging this for me.”

This reminder of the power of surrender really struck me…
God moves mountains to make things happen upon our Yes, feeble as that Yes may be!

He isn’t waiting around for us to become strong enough, prepared enough, financially secure enough, educated enough, or anything else enough. We are enough right now! And at this very moment, He is patiently waiting for our Yes.
Yes – even though I’m afraid.
Yes – even though I’m tired.
Yes – even when the path forward is uncertain, perhaps even hidden from sight.
Yes – even when giving my yes is uncomfortable and feels like way too much effort.

To be used by God is the greatest and most humbling experience of my life. To know that He has used me to ease someone’s suffering, to take a stand for Him, or to speak words of His love into a broken heart…Amazing!
And to know that He needs me…Unbelievable!
He (God) needs me (unequipped, imperfect, impatient, ole Me)!

He needs me to make His Presence known and felt among His people. And He needs You too. In the words of John Michael Talbot:

Christ has no body now but yours
no hands, no feet on earth but yours
Yours are the eyes through which He looks
with compassion on this world
yours are the feet with which He walks to do good
Yours are the hands,
with which He blesses all the world…

– St. Theresa’s Prayer

Let’s give Him our yes today – no matter how small or uncertain it may be. And then step aside and watch Him move mountains!

With love,
De

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  1. Maria says:

    This is so timely for me (as most of your posts are!). Just yesterday, I listened to a podcast that talked about serving others and how it is an important piece to being happy under any circumstance. And it got me thinking how, over the past 8 years since I have had kids, I have – for the most part – put aside volunteering and serving others. I kept thinking that as soon as I had more time or wasn’t so exhausted or our schedule wasn’t so crazy….then I would be ready to volunteer again and find a way to serve others. But, between yesterday’s podcast and reading your post today, I am realizing that not only is there always something that I can do to help but that it is essential to my well-being as well. Thank you, De!

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    • De Yarrison says:

      So cool how God communicates with us, isn’t it?! I agree that serving others is essential to my well-being. And I love that our kids grow up with ‘service to others’ as a norm.
      Colleen’s story (the book I mentioned) is really awesome. She and her husband suffered unspeakable loss and heartache and through that experience God was calling them into a life of service. And the practice of that service has been a source of great healing for them. I think you would really like the book. God bless you and your beautiful family!

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