How Can I Serve?
Brenda Nail Delauder
Summertime has me starting the day before sunrise. Pepper thinks we should keep sleeping, but the rattle of his dog food bag brings him hurrying down the stairs. Catcher kitty is usually peering in the side window of the door as if to say “hurry up!” In an effort to beat the heat we take our walk early, while the various night creatures are slipping back into the shadows of the woods. They provide Pepper with much to see and sniff, giving me a minute to plan out the day or simply gather my thoughts. Once our walk is over, I quickly water the flowers to help them through the excessive heat and refill the water bowls for critters. Yesterday when I ran the sprinklers in the front island of flowers, I laughed when I spotted a Tufted Titmouse taking a shower in the mist.
While I watered, a hymn can to mind and I hummed along, both surprised and happy I remembered the words! “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky” is a powerful song with the verses being God’s voice and the refrain, that of His people.
“I, the Lord of sea and sky, I have heard My people cry. All who dwell in dark and sin, My hand will save. I who made the stars of night, I will make their darkness bright. Who will bear My light to them? Whom shall I send?”
“Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord? I have heard You calling in the night. I will go Lord, if You lead me. I will hold Your people in my heart.”
This first verse instantly brings to my mind missionaries answering the call from God to go wherever He leads them. I thought of leaders of shelters and how they set aside their lives to help those in need, both human and animal. Pastors, Sunday School teachers, and all the various workers within a church are led by God to take on these important roles.
The first time I heard this song I wept. It touched something deep in my soul and stirred me to humbly ask, “Lord, here I am, but what is it I can do?” I lack the schooling to be a trained leader, so how can I serve? I remember the word “Pray” came quickly to mind. As I moved through the following days, I began to see how even the small stuff we do can be ways of serving Him. By keeping fresh water outside for all the critters, I am helping God’s creatures. Being a sounding board to a friend working out a problem, helping a neighbor’s child who falls off their bike, sending cards to brighten a day, are ways of serving Christ. In fact most everything we do can serve Him.
There are times when we are called by God to do something bigger, but it doesn’t make the smaller actions any less important. We don’t have to hold special talents or years of training to be disciples for Christ. Whether we are called to serve as a missionary or be the at-home prayer support doesn’t matter. We are all here for a purpose, whether our tasks are big or small, it’s exactly what God wants of us. It is up to us to seek His guidance, humbling ourselves before God to serve in whatever He needs us to do. The joy of serving our Lord is immeasurable.
No matter what our part in God’s vast plan is, perhaps to pray, to show kindness, offer encouragement, teach a work skill, or simply share laughter, we can serve the Lord with gladness! So today, whom will God send? You?
Brenda Nail DeLauder is a native of Henry County. Her heart remains in her hometown.