“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”

Romans 11:29 says, “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”  This whole passage shares beautiful truths, but those words have special meaning to me.  Years ago, during a difficult time in my life, I took a short walk in the woods before going inside the lodge at the Women’s Retreat I was attending.  My dream had been dashed to pieces by poor health, and leaving the graduate program in Physical Therapy midway through felt devastating. I had direction and I’d worked so hard towards that professional goal. So I humbly asked God, my soft words greeting the cool morning air, “Would you still allow me to serve You?”

I shyly asked the woman leading our retreat if she’d pray with me and I asked her whether she thought God would allow me to serve Him. A lovely black woman, she smiled in away that lit up her whole being, and she gathered a few other women to pray for me, too. She prayed with power and passion.  “Sue is single and can use all of her time to serve You. She is called to heal with words.  And the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.”  Humbled, my heart filled with renewed hope at her words. God would welcome this broken body and poured out life as an offering unto Him.  From that day on, I have known my calling, and I have loved and served the One who writes my story on the pages of time. Oh how I love Him!

Romans 11 (ESV) continues:

33Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

34“For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?”
35“Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”

36For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.


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