I feel the need to share this morning, my mind is racing so I’ll separate my blogs out into the things I feel led to share with those who read this, which I’m not sure if there are any.
The last two months I’ve been praying about ways to do God’s work outside of my normal every day life, something that would be to God’s glory and assist in my growth as a Christian. I’m sure it sounds very shallow, or vain, since all our work is for God’s glory, however I felt called to go above and beyond this. God was calling me to something else, to challenge me, to see if I would be obedient to His voice. On Monday of this week, I was enjoying my first free day of summer vacation, and realized I was already bored. God spoke to my heart and from His urging, I looked into the Knox Area Rescue Ministries volunteer opportunities. I’ve heard about KARM for years, living in Knoxville for almost ten straight now, however, I hadn’t really had them on my mind. This is how I know it is God’s hand in all of this. God spoke at just the right time, isn’t that always how He works? They were having an Encounter meeting on Tuesday evening (last night). I signed myself up without waiting to have the devil talk me out of it-cause often times, he does convince me to not trust God in what He’s doing.
After touring the facility, and hearing what all these amazing individuals do daily to bring Jesus’ love to so many homeless in the Knox area, I knew God placed me in the right place. God was teaching me a lesson, and on the drive home I reflected on all that I had seen and heard in the last 90 minutes. KARM strives daily to rescue the hopeless and helpless from the streets through counseling, addiction rehabilitation, hot meals, chapel services, and simply looking them in the eyes to see what they’re going through. I am so very grateful for all that God has blessed me with in my life. He’s so good to me, and I truly don’t deserve it.
I met Robin, one of the Transformation residents at KARM. He’s at the end of his 16-month rehabilitation stay, and his testimony is amazing. Two years ago he was an addict, to the world-alcohol, drugs, stealing, lying. He shared how God had moved in him, and now how he works for God’s glory while also giving back by helping others in the same situation as him. He walked me into the facility, and commented that it was a blessing that I was there and he was thankful for me. God moves in small and big ways, and I’m thankful for both.
After the meeting, they gave out the application packet. I got home and started going through it. I started questioning why they’d have volunteers getting background checks, TB tests, and filling out a three page application with references. The devil was getting his hands back on me to talk me out of working for God’s glory. I slept on it last night, and when I got up this morning, I went to God for my quiet time. I prayed that God would give me direction in many things, including where He wanted me for His ministry. I read through the first part of my devotion in 2 Kings, then went to the Psalm’s portion. That’s where God revealed exactly what His plans are for me in this area….
Psalm 72: 12-14: For He will deliver the needy when he cries, the poor also, and him who has no helper. He will spare the poor and needy, and will save the souls of the needy. He will redeem their life from oppression and violence; and precious shall be their blood in His sight.