His Vessel

    I rejoice that God has given me the opportunity to be His vessel - that He may be glorified - as he places me in different circumstances and situations to reveal His ownership. Previously as a foreign missionary's wife, I was attacked with many unrighteous and fearful thoughts - it was by faith in the Word of God that enabled me to overcome. When I was going through a trial or temptation, I would ask the Lord to show me in His Word, the safe handling instructions handbook for this His vessel, what I needed to do. When also feeling shut out, sorrowful, poorly, etc, His Word strengthened and said, "As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live;...As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things." (II Cor. 6:9-10) It seems "having nothing" of that which is interesting to many, as few desire to take up the cross of self denial and follow Him as Lord.

    There are probably at least 365 different experiences I could share, just as you each day have different personal experiences. Most of my difficult experiences came as a result of change - different trials than that which I had ever been tested with here in America. Here we have so many Christian brothers and sisters to encourage us, yet there most all the people were dependent upon us for their growth. Thus, He taught me to learn more of His faithfulness as even my husband was not able to be contacted in many desperate situations. They had a statue of a woman holding a sword and bowl on the side of a hill called the mother of Georgia, and someone remarked that I had become the new mother of Georgia! Those of you who are parents know how rewarding, YET trying it is to be a parent. Just as our children's immaturity becomes very trying to us, I had to learn to depend on God to help me live in a land where most people older than I were like little children in many ways. When our children are born it is hard to imagine as we hold them as tiny babes that one day, and many days, we will cry and pray because of their behavior. God lovingly reminded me where I myself had come from and moment by moment to look to Him prayerfully for wisdom. Trusting for the day we could have a relationship with others based upon knowing the same Heavenly Father through the purging of Jesus' blood, not simply professing to know him but in works denying.

    In my experiences as a secretary, I was to examine my work, evaluating to correct any errors. As a Christian, it is my responsibility to find any errors in my life by the light of God's Word and correct them. My position with others is to edify, promoting another's growth in Christian wisdom and holiness. Before born again, our children at times seem as if determined to cause us to collapse - as consistent correction is work! As it is God's will for us to be victorious, "now, unto holiness" (Rom. 6:22), walking...after the spirit (Rom. 8:1), following the guidelines of His Word He will bless, if not He will chasten as His child, just as we have the responsibility to correct our children that they may remember they are not their own, as we are not our own...bought with a price, to glorify God in the body and in spirit, to be "vessels...to honour...for the master's use" (II Timothy 2:20-21).

By Donna Shields