Three years ago Lisa Wolff’s quiver was full. She had everything she could possibly want with two precious girls, a husband, 2 cats, 2 dogs, a large house and a good job.
Until, God broke her heart.
Not in the sense of hurt feelings, but in the sense of a call.
A call her heart felt burdened to undertake yet one she didn’t feel equipped to take on.
It wasn’t a call she requested and it wasn’t one that she necessarily wanted.
When Lisa first heard God whisper, a hundred questions raced through her mind. Questions about safety, finances, her marriage, her age.
But bathing her fears in prayer, she remained faithful and stayed the course.
Because God called her to a great work.
Approximately 2,500 years ago, around 445 BC God also broke the heart of an unsuspecting guy named Nehemiah. He called Nehemiah to do a great thing amidst some impossible odds.
Nehemiah was in service to the king of Persia when God called him to rebuild the city wall of Jerusalem. He got word from Judah that his people were in danger and it broke his heart (Nehemiah 1:4). But what could he do? A king’s servant doesn’t simply ask for time off. He could have ignored the burden on his heart but he didn’t. Nehemiah bathed his burden in prayer and King Artaxerxes I not only gave him time off to go, he made him governor to the Jerusalem province as well.
When God breaks our heart for His plan, He builds us a path to His purpose.
1 Thessalonians 5:24 says, “The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” (NIV)
Once in Jerusalem, Nehemiah worked diligently to complete his task.
In Nehemiah 6:3 he reminds us of his resolve when he says, …I am doing a great work and cannot go down.” (ESV)
Although he was chided by trouble makers and his life was threatened by enemies he stood firm and did not come down off the wall until it was finished and the city of Jerusalem was safe.
Why did he bother?
Because Nehemiah was called to do a great work.
On Tuesday January 19, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. my friend Lisa Wolff and husband Dylan will add four more to their “Wolff” pack. The adoption of Chance, Sean, Makenzie, and Ashten will be complete.
Lisa’a heart broke three years ago when she heard that after the death of their mother and being abandoned by their father, these siblings would be separated if put up for traditional adoption. So God called her to make a choice. Trust Him and stand firm or turn her head and walk away.
After much prayer Lisa and Dylan together chose option one.
During this three-year process this couple faced obstacles, objections, and opposition and at times feared for the safety of their family.
Making this decision to take on these extra children has strapped Lisa and Dylan’s finances, their time, and emotional reserve. The children were left with nothing—clothes had to be purchased, school arrangements had to be made and the trauma of blending two families left wounds that needed to be healed.
But Jehovah Jireh (The Lord will provide), has done just that. He has come to their aid with people, protection, provision and purpose.
God doesn’t just call us, He makes a way for the call.
He doesn’t leave us on the side of the road empty. He helps us in all things, through all things, to do all things He has ordained us to do.
It matters not that we think we can’t. It only matters that we believe God can.
And when God sets a plan in motion, no obstacle, naysayer, or circumstance can stop it.
What is God calling you to today that is breaking your heart? And what are you going do about it?
Scripture tells us we reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7).
Nehemiah built a wall and reaped the protection and the esteem of God’s people.
And what about Lisa?
“Her children rise up and call her blessed…” Proverbs 31:28 (NIV)
It makes me wonder, what will I reap?
How about you?