The exhaustion of three nights without sleep was weighing on me. “I’ll do it, God,” I muttered into my pillow, “but I know what he’s going to say.”
Two days prior we had become members of a new gym. “In which areas would you like to volunteer?” the director had asked my husband. Jeff replied that he enjoyed coaching soccer and would see if it worked with his schedule next month. I was grumbling internally. “I am signing up to pay how much per month, and they want me to volunteer too?! No sir.” When the director turned to me to ask the same question, I must have given him a look that telepathed “don’t ask” because he proceeded on with the next section of the application form in his hand.
That evening lying awake in bed a strange thought popped into my head. Go ask if you can start a Bible study. I rolled over. Where did that come from? I thought. It didn’t make any sense. People don’t have Bible studies at gyms. Where would we even meet? What would we study? Who would come? And even if the gym said yes, I’m not even in shape. Don’t you have to be super fit in order to do anything at a gym?
And so I debated and churned and struggled—for three nights. But I just couldn’t shake the fact that the bizarre idea was God, and this was a matter of obedience.
Finally, I made an appointment with the gym director. Before either of us had a chance to sit down in his office, I blurted it out. “Can I start a women’s Bible study here?” I knew he would say “no” so it was best not to waste anyone’s time with things like sitting down and small talk.
“Absolutely,” he said without even a pause. He opened the top drawer of his desk and pulled out a pen and notepad. “When will you start? What will you study? Do participants need to bring their own study guides, or will you provide them? Will you need a TV? Can I make a flyer for you?” I stared back at him dumbfounded.
At that point it was absolutely clear: God was at work in my community, and He was inviting me to participate with Him.
Is God inviting you to join Him in His work around you? Do you feel like He may be speaking to you now? How do you know for sure?
Immerse yourself in God’s Word
"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right," 2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT). God will never ask you to do something that contradicts Scripture. On the contrary, if Scripture commands something, there’s no need to wonder if it’s God’s will. Get after it!
Seek Godly Counsel
"The way of a fool is right in his own opinion, but the one who listens to advice is wise," Proverbs 12:15 (NET). Find someone who is a bit further along on their Christian walk to run it by. Don’t know anyone? Seek them out. Pastors, church staff, elders, or Bible teachers are a good choice.
Pray for Wisdom
"If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking," James 1:5 (NLT). Pray, and then pray, and then pray.
I want to be a part of what God is doing around me. I pray I won’t drag my feet next time. I pray my next response will be a quick: "Speak, for your servant is listening," 1 Samuel 3:10 (NIV).