Beyond Borders

courage. faith. action.

Day Four :: He Equips

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The storm came quick. Without warning the sky blackened. Winds blew. Thunder rolled and lightening flashed. Water fell fast and hard. Then as quickly as it came it left. The clouds parted and the sun shone bright. Rivers flowed in the backyard and branches glistened with droplets of water in the setting sun. But the rainbow, more brilliant than I had ever seen, seemed to span the entire sky. Its vibrant colors glowed neon on the dark sky.

I grabbed my phone to quickly capture the glory of this moment. There was no time to hesitate and return to the house to get the more expensive camera. A camera more capable of capturing the beauty. A camera made for these moments.

Clouds parting after stormTrees glisten with RainRAinbow after storm

Later when the images appeared on the screen before me, I saw the beauty, the glory. His glory. This tiny camera that lacks the strength and features of the more expensive camera… did it’s job. And did it well. The memory of that day captured. Gloriously.

How many times have I done this in my own life? Just as I underestimated the ability of my simple camera phon;e looked at my situation, my credentials, my borders… And told God No. I am not good enough. I lack strength, education, health, courage. My life is too messy. There are others more qualified.

You got it wrong this time.

But He never gets it wrong. He calls and He equips. He uses the weakness and illness. The fears and the mess. He uses them for good. He uses you right where you are whether it’s from a bed or from a podium. He uses it all for good. All for His glory. Who am I to question?

May He equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.
Hebrews 13:21 (NLT)

Day One :: The Beginning
Day Two :: Abide
Day Three :: In My Strength
Day Four :: He Equips
Day Five :: Embrace
Day Six :: Belonging
Day Seven :: Rise
Day Eight
Day Nine
Day Ten
Day Eleven
Day Twelve
Day Thirteen
Day Fourteen
Day Fifteen
Day Sixteen :: How Great is Our God
Day Seventeen :: Stuck

Author: Shelly Richardson

A stay at home mom, married to my best friend, who loves like Jesus. Together we have four beautiful daughters. One biological, one adopted and two by way of marriage. Our 12 year old daughter was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome when she was 6 years old and our youngest was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old. I have dealt with chronic illness most of my life and at times has been debilitating. It is through this illness and the special needs of our children that drew us closer to God. Beyond Borders is the place where I write out my story of living beyond my borders. A place to share of God’s love and grace, His mercy and sovereignty, and what that looks like in my own little world of chronic illness and autism. A place where courage and faith intersect and He moves me to action. My hope in writing is that you find something that inspires you. Encourages you. Makes you smile.

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