10. Calm in Our Calling

Not Called to the Navajo?

“Lord, please show me what to do,” I sighed. “I’m trying to serve You here, but it’s not cutting it.”

For over three years I went through the motions of Christian service, but my heart did not palpitate with joy. Then I concluded, God is through with me.  I’ll just have to do the best I can.

Then Ron, a missionary to the Navajo, came to our church. He perceived that my heart was not really in my Christian service. He asked me, “What about the Navajo?”

I replied, “I’m not called to the Navajo.” I reasoned, The Navajo language is too hard.  I can speak a little Spanish.  I think God can use me with the Spanish people.

However, nothing opened up with the Spanish-speaking or any other door. One door opened—I did not want to go to the Navajo.

Ron returned one year later. Again he preached for one week in our church.  “Come visit us,” he invited me. “Plan to stay a week or two.”

Wow! I thought. I don’t get many vacations.  I’ll take this opportunity to get away. I said, “Okay, I’ll go for a week.” That one week changed my life.

One day we bounced sixty-five miles in a Volkswagen Bug. Finally, we arrived at Whitewater, a remote area on the backside of the Navajo reservation.

We walked into a small building. Don started a fire in the wood stove. Berta took an empty coffee can, filled it with water and coffee, and set it on the stove. We ate our lunch and washed it down with sweet ice tea and coffee. In the corner of the room sat an old dusty piano.

Before the service we went visiting.  A young Navajo woman said, “Yá’áát’éáh” (a Navajo greeting) as I approached her.

Yá’áát’éáh,” I replied. I just spoke a word in that impossible language, I thought.

Then we returned to the meeting house where a small crowd had gathered. As I played the rusty upright piano, The people sang in Navajo. Something in my heart kept rhythm with the strange words.

Later, I asked Don, “Bro. Don does yá’áát’éáh mean hello?”

He replied, “You’re a pretty good Navajo. God answered my argument, “I can never learn that language,” with one word.

However, I still protested, “I’m not called to the Navajo.”

My last evening in Navajoland I spent in the guest room with my Bible. I turned to Isaiah 42:6, 7: “I the Lord have called thee in righteousness…To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.”

God spoke to me. “Who is as blind as the Navajo? Do they not sit imprisoned by a hopeless religion and in spiritual darkness? Lynn, I want you to go to the Navajo.” I knew God had called me, a single woman, to the Navajo.

When we obey, God blesses. He gave me a husband, Leon, a missionary to the Navajo. He does not call all of us to be missionaries, but He does call each of us to do His will.

3. Calm Tongues

3. Little Member—Big Trouble

This little member, the tongue, can get you into a bunch of trouble, or minister grace unto others.

Our pastor became discouraged when a faithful member left with his wife and five children to pastor a church. Lynn said, “God sent Brother Troy out of our church to pastor.” These few words encouraged our pastor. At times the Lord gives words to help someone.

However, hurtful words can flow out of the same mouth. God said, “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be,” (Jas. 3:10). My tongue can be used for good or evil.
Once Lynn forgot her husband’s uniforms. “Your uniforms,” She yelled. “I left them at the laundry.” We went back to the laundry and did not find them. Her feet stomped out of the laundry as she bellowed out all the way home. Angry words affected her husband and daughter, not Lynn alone.
If after that explosion, she said, “It’s not that bad,” the poison of these stinging words remained in the atmosphere.
She felt like she was no good. This did not fix the problem.
Saying, “I’m not mad,” solves nothing.
The only remedy when things like this occur is agreeing with God that you sinned with your lips and thoughts.
When you utter venomous words out of your mouth, God will forgive and cleanse you when you admit your wrongdoing. Mankind has tamed all kinds of animals, but not the tongue. God says, “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (Jas. 3:8). Lynn could not tame her tongue, but God did when she made things right.

Bio.: Lynn’s book, Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women, contains a chapter on the tongue. You can find more on her website, http://www.writingfrommyheart.com. The columns on the right make her site easier to navigate.

2. Calm Hearts

lynn2. Keep a Calm Heart

The heart is the lifeline of our lifeship. It resembles the ship’s motor. If the motor dies, the ship dies. “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Prov. 4:23). When you fail to keep your heart right, your ship will capsize.

The Captain, Jesus Christ, spoke about the heart of your ship. “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). We look on the beauty of a ship. But will it hold the water back? Can you cross the Red Seas and Jordans in your life?

If you, as a Christian sailor, heed your Captain’s warnings, you will dwell safely and be quiet from the fear of evil. Jesus will give you peace and calm even in the midst of dire circumstances.

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”. “Be careful for nothing” means “Do not worry about anything.” God says pray and supplicate or beg Him for it. You can do this on the basis of His promises in His holy Word, the Bible. When you meet these conditions, He will give you the peace of God which surpasses our finite understanding.

Earlier in my life, I fell into a depressed state four times. When trials come my way, I feel troubled at that time. God has helped me so that I can deal with it and not stay in that state of mind.

Once, vandals trashed my place. That night I stayed in Mom’s condo and slept like a baby. I woke up with a smile on my face. Nothing I could do about my circumstances gave me this calmness and joy. Only my God can do that.

God has promised you and me peace. He said, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” (Isa. 26:3). Do you trust in Him when everything seems against you? God knows all about it, and wants to give you His peace.

All Scriptures are taken from the King James Version. This article is based on Lynn’s book: Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women. May we stay calm on life’s troubled seas. Get help on staying calm at http://www.writingfrommyheart.com

1. Calm Sailors Steer Right and Keep Calm

lynnHelm of Our Ship

By Lynn Wallace

Helm of Our Ship
By Lynn Wallace

God uses the analogy of a ship in chapter one. In verse five He says, “A man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.” The English words “wise counsels” are translated from the Hebrew word tachbulah. The Hebrews used this term to refer to steering a ship. This word comes from chebel, a rope. This rope guided the ship. God wants to give you wise counsels in the way you conduct your lifeship.

Be a wise sailor and guide your ship by “wise counsels.” A God-fearing woman embarks on her vessel towards Heaven’s portals. Jesus Christ desires to be your Captain and impart wisdom to you in the way you conduct your ship.

Then you will keep on course and steer away from erroneous paths. Shun the advice of pirates. Their ships run into the coral reefs. The Captain says, “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment” (Exo. 23:2). When the pirates seek to enmesh you in their nets, say, “No, I belong to Jesus, and I cannot do that.”

Staying on Course
One mother told the school principal where her daughter, CJ, and a friend went when they played hooky. CJ wanted her mother to write a note saying they stayed home sick. The mother, a sailor for Jesus, refused to do so. She thought, Now I’ve made them my enemies. I’ll never be able to speak to them about Jesus.

Later, the countenance of CJ’s friend changed after she received Christ as her Saviour. On another occasion, her mother listened when CJ’s mother testified to her of Jesus. Beware! A lie reaps its harvest, not peace. Honesty does pay.

This sailor pleased God by telling the truth and trusting in Him. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Prov. 3:5-6). Telling about the girls when they played hooky seemed to be a way to make enemies. Because the mother told the truth, the way opened for her to witness. God promises in Proverbs 16:7 that when you please the Lord He will make even your enemies to be at peace with you. In this case this mother had peace with her enemies because she guided her ship aright.

Outwardly, the winds of adversity may rage. Trust the LORD in the tempest and He will help you remain unruffled. God will cause even your enemies to make peace. “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Prov. 16:7).

Follow godly counsel from your logbook, the Bible. Avoid the crags of envy, pride, harsh judgment, ill temper, and bad words. With the Captain’s help you can steer your lifeship in the right direction, and avoid shipwreck.

Names have been changed for protection. All Scriptures are taken from the King James Version. This blog is based on Lynn’s book: Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women, chapter one. The Study Guide for our Lifeship on PDF is available. Find out how on http://www.writingfrommyheart.com.

13. Hope in Trials

Romans 5:1-5

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4:15).

Trials upset us. They can make us angry. Some become bitter in them. If you trust in Jesus, you have a friend. He is touched with the feeling our troubles. He was tempted by the lust of the flesh. “Turn these stones into bread.” (my paraphrase) He was tempted by the pride of life. “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down.” He was tempted by the lust of the eyes. The devil showed Him all the kingdoms of the world. He promised, “All these will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Matt. 4:6). He was tempted, yet without sin.

The temptation or trial is not sin. We sin when we give in to temptation. We can use the Word of God and have hope as our Saviour did. God wants us to “rejoice in hope” and “glory in our tribulations” (Rom. 5:2-3). This is not the natural human reaction. As God works in and through us, we can react in this way.

Temptations have come to me where I did not read all the fine print. God rescued me from my sin, but it almost spelled disaster.

Once I came home to a trashed house. When at the bedroom door, one step inside looked impossible. Had a tornado struck? In the living room rice crackled under foot. Water ran in the kitchen sink and bathtub. Papers, shampoo and other items floated on top. My skirt got wet. My friends, who brought me home, waited for me. They suspected something amiss. I called them inside, and said, “I cannot stay here.”

“Do you want to stay at our house tonight?”

“No, please take me to Mom’s house.” I called Mom and told her what happened. That night at her house I slept like a baby. The next morning I awoke with a smile on my face, and peace in my heart. Lynn cannot in herself work up those feelings. God gave me peace and joy in the midst of troubles. He can do the same for you.

Lynn’s book, Our Lifeship, was written to help you sail calmly on life’s seas. Come abroad this ship and God will give you peace and joy in the midst of the deepest troubles.

Lynn’s Bio: After her beloved husband died, God called Lynn to write. Ambassador International published her first book, Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women. It is available from PayPal through her website, www.writingfrommyheart.com, and other places.

Mrs. Noah & a Woman

Most women in Noah’s day, woman with wicked hearts, steered their ship off course.

“Mrs. Noah, you are not going to get on Noah’s boat, are you?” the woman taunted her. “I would leave my husband if he did anything that foolish.”

“Lenora, you do not understand. My family believes in God. God said, ‘Noah, build a big boat. People are so wicked that I will send rain. It will flood the earth.’ Yes, I will board that boat. I do not want to drown.”

“Do not be silly. It has never rained on the earth. We will not drown.”

“Oh, Lenora, I wish you believed God. He always speaks the truth.”

No one believed God except Noah’s family. Only eight people climbed in the boat. All the others drowned in a worldwide flood. God also saved two of every kind of animal. This boat was big and could easily accommodate that many baby animals, including the dinosaurs. Noah may have housed smaller animals in cages.

God punished mankind for their wickedness “Every imagination of the thoughts of his (her) heart was only evil continually.” God says in Proverbs 15:9, “The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.” Noah’s wife and her family boarded the ark by faith. They sailed and landed safely on Mount Ararat.

This is an excerpt from Lynn’s book, Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women. It is available from www.writingfrommyheart.com. This website will soon have a new look. Later, Lynn will be editing and adding new things. Please join her excitement. Thanks.

12. Hope and Trust in God

Numbers 13-14; Joshua 14

The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish…Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope (Prov. 10:28; Zech. 9:12).

In the book of Proverbs “the righteous” are the just, those declared righteous by God. When God looks down from Heaven, He buried their sins in the deepest sea (Mic. 7:19).

Moses, by God’s command, sent out twelve spies to spy out the land of Canaan. At this time Caleb was forty, and one of the spies. Because Caleb trusted God, he followed Him wholly.

“Taste this honey, Joshua.”

“Ummmm, good.”

“Can you help me carry back these grapes, Joshua.”

“Sure, Caleb.”

“Here, I’ve got this pole cut down. Did you ever see such big grapes, Joshua?”

“No, and they’re so delicious.”

“Let’s gather some pomegranates and figs in our baskets.”

“I never tasted such good fruit.”

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“The land of Canaan flows with mild and honey,” ten of the spies reported. “But,” they said, “Giants live there in great walled cities. We saw them and felt like grasshoppers. We cannot overcome them.”

“Oh yes we can,” Caleb said. “Let’s go up right away and conquer the land. The Lord will give it to us.”

The people said, “Let’s stone Caleb and Joshua. They speak foolishly.”

“These ten men shall not see the land,” a voice thundered. “They will die by a plague. The people will wander in the wilderness forty years.”

However, Caleb and Joshua lived. They had a different attitude. God said because Caleb followed Him wholly, He would bring him into the land of Canaan.”

Forty-five years later Caleb reminded Joshua of God’s promise. He said, “Give me this mountain. I can drive out the giants.”

“You, Caleb, have wholly followed the Lord.  You can have this mountain. The Lord has given it to you.” At eighty-five he drove out the giants and the land had rest from war.

The spies had their eyes on the circumstances and their own ability. They died in the wilderness.

Caleb and Joshua had their eyes on the LORD and His might, and God gave the victory. None of us are sufficient in ourselves, but only in God.

Giants stalk all our paths. A few years ago I came home to a giant. Vandals had trashed out my house. I saw it and felt utterly helpless.

That night I slept at Mom’s house. God gave me sweet sleep. The next day I awoke with a smile and deep peace in my heart.

My friends, knowing of my plight, helped me conquer this giant. It took us a full day to clean up.

If I had trusted in my own resources, this giant would have defeated me. By God’s strength we overcame it.

Other giants have threatened my life and my property. When I trust in myself, I fail. If I look up to Jesus, He gives me victory.

We all face giants in our lives. Your giants may wear a different face than mine. As we trust in God and then step out in faith, we can conquer the giants in our lives.

Your giants may wear a different face than mine, but we can conquer as Caleb did when we place our faith and hope in Christ. “Faith, humility, and peace keep us afloat as we sail on troubled seas” (Taken from Our Lifeship by Lynn Wallace, page 19).

Bio:

Ambassador-Emerald International published Lynn’s book, Our Lifeship: Studies in Proverbs for Women. (See www.writingfrommyheart.com) Periodicals published about eighty of her articles and fillers. Accent Publications published two of her curriculum packages. Leon, her late husband, and she served on the Navajo field several years.She plays the piano for Canyon View Baptist Church in Montrose, Colorado.