Being Summoned by God

“The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets” (Psalm 50:1 NIV).

Reading the description of creation in Genesis, I recognize first, that God summoned us “from the dust of the ground” and breathed the breath of his life into us. (Genesis 2:7 NIV). He created us in his image to give glory back to him. With this loving act, part of our design is to hear his call. We have a choice to respond.

Often, I let other things summon me, getting too much of my attention. I do not mean the important needs for my daily care, but the things that make my life unbalanced, and not always in tune with God’s best ways. Jesus sought his Father at the rising of each new day. He got the plan and the strength to undertake what was asked of him. This is my model.

I may not be called to do great things, as the world defines “great.” But I want to be in partnership with God and utilize his strength. I want to be grateful for the environment he has created for me. This is not a comparison game. Others are being called by him for different tasks and I do not want to get distracted by what they seem to accomplish – their plans are not mine. Oh, how subtle it can be. The only thing I require is to focus on how God is speaking to me.

It is not my job to summon myself! If I let it, this can lead me away – off track. Should I look towards God for his direction, he will see to it that I hear. If I seek him and he seems silent, it may mean I am to rest until his direction becomes more clear. The important thing is that I show up and I’m ready and listening!

Prayer: Lord, from the rising of the sun to its setting, the day is yours. The night is yours. I commit myself to listen and respond to your call. Then my whole day becomes “ours.” Amen.

Lynn Severance is a retired elementary classroom teacher. She lives in Lynnwood, Washington. She writes to encourage others as God has encouraged her during 26 years of living with daily physical challenges.