On my way home from our dinner, I caught a ride with my friend Sally to my office and was sat for another good hour and continued to talk about God, our work and how all that works with family. Sally and her family created and work in a ministry called 6 Baer Essentials. Here is Sally's excerpt from her website that better explains the work they do:
____________6BE has a heart for the impoverished community of Dahley Ethiopia-a rural area just outside the capital city of Addis Ababa. We believe that working with the folks of Dahley through our after-school program, library, sponsorship program, chicks for chicks and community programs will create a future for us all based on Faith and Love.
Always, the process - people - and experience is MESSY! So then, one might ask, "Why do this thing that you do?".
Over many years, trials and tears I continue to work in ministry because I feel God has called me to it. Sally, I'd say would agree. While we know that God has called us to our vocations, we also know that and change, improvement and intervention is God's doing. Let me explain it this way.
The gift of the clay pot is Jesus.
The glazed base is God.
The chicken is the work or mission.
The Holy Spirit is in with all the spices and water the chicken simmers.
You can imagine our laughter when we came to this analogy and I shouted, "We're the lid! Sally, we're the lid!"
Without the gift of Jesus we would not have a place to start.
Without the glazed base we'd have no place to rest.
Without the chicken, our purpose would be removed.
Without the Holy Spirit, we would dry out and crack in the heat of life.
"We are the lids.
We do have gifts.
We hold, protect and care
for the ones God places there.
Our job is to show up, soak up the Spirit,
deliver it's care in the midst of the heat,
for each one we meet.
For this one till it's done, and this one, and even this one."
What comes of it my surprise, shock, unhinge and bless your socks off and that's ok.Your the lid that holds things in place, until they are "done". God's kind of done can be different than our kind, but that's the way. Be a lid.
Image found at American Cancer Society.