“YOU ARE SUMMONED TO APPEAR BEFORE THE TRIAL OFFICER.”
Life has a way of interrupting your plans, especially when you’re so focused on the goal that you don’t see the signs on the side of the road.
In Mesus’s book, In the Shadow of Jezebel, Jehosheba had been groomed all her life to become a high priestess. Even through the grueling training and her sadistic teacher, the beautiful princess took pride in pleasing her father and stepmother. But all that changed when the evil queen, Jezebel, summoned her to appear. The new set of plans she revealed crumpled Jehosheba’s world completely and sent her, trembling, into the unknown.
But didn’t you love the way Mesu had God deal with their plans, sending all their schemes scattering faster than a little boy’s open carton of BB’s in the back pew of the church? It was only through the Lord’s leading and Jehoiada’s love that Jehosheba found the real reason she was created.
Seven years ago, I thought I knew what my path would be in corporate America. I was a trainer for one of the largest insurance companies in the state, making my plans according to a copy of the corporate org chart. I had no idea that within six months, I would be totally disabled, unable to keep my job, even when they offered to let me work from home.
My disability sent me straight to my knees and into God’s Word to find the answer. Hidden toward the end of Philippians, verse 14 of chapter three, I found where Paul encourages us to “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God.”
The prize is not corporate success, influence or financial gain. The prize is the call of God. The honor He bestows on us is the summons to serve Him. He who called me knows my limitations. He knows my failures. And yet, He still wants me. He can still use me. I just have to draw close to Him and listen to His voice.