• Carolyn Kazmierczak

Recognizing The Call of God

Updated: Aug 30, 2019

I’ve been told throughout my life that I am an introvert. For years I didn’t even know what that meant. And then when I discovered the meaning, I decided it was not a compliment! This is how The Scribner-Bantam English Dictionary describes it. To turn inward; to direct the mind inward; a person who habitually directs his attention to his own feelings and thoughts, and who does not mix easily with others.

Wow! How could I possibly be a Christian with that kind of personality! The only problem is, it’s true. I am no doubt an introvert. I wish I wasn’t. I wish I was more out-going, social and helpful to others. But if given the choice I will choose to spend time alone sitting on a beach working in the yard or relaxing on my favorite sofa.

I have recently found myself unemployed and while scrolling through job postings I discovered I would not qualify for what employers are looking for today. With requirements such as; persistent, competitive, confident, highly motivated, people person and a team leader, I realized that that was not me. Then I asked myself, “Why not me? Can God even use someone like me?”

I want to be used by Him whether if it’s through my job or my everyday walk in life. But I’ve become painfully aware that I don’t always allow Him to use me, because I’ve given in to that introvert personality and consequently missed out on many opportunities that would have brought me great joy and He would have received great glory.

About a month ago, an opportunity presented itself for me to be used by God. I was walking through the supermarket headed to the check-out counter when I ran into a friend from high school. I stopped to say a quick hello. I asked her how she was doing and she said she’d be fine after next week. I asked her, “What’s next week?”

“I have a dentist appointment and I’m scared to death of dentists plus I’m scared to drive over there.

I’ve never driven there before.”

“Well, I’d be glad to drive you!”

Wait, did I just say that? Did that just pop out of my mouth without me even thinking about it? Did I realize that my precious quite time would be imposed upon and that I’d actually have to spend time driving a friend to an appointment an hour away from home?

I really didn’t give it much thought at the time, but I’m glad I made the offer. I was thankful that The Lord helped me to extend His grace to my friend because then I felt like I had all of those great extrovert qualities to use for His glory! And maybe He does give those qualities to me from time to time, so that I can better minister to others.

As an introvert, it is my hope that The Lord has used me more than I can ever imagine or even realize. The thought of walking through this life all alone, even though I think that is what brings me peace, actually robs me and others of a true spiritual blessing.

I did not fully recognize God’s call that day in the supermarket, until the day that I drove over to pick up my friend and drive her an hour away for her appointment. I patiently waited for her in the waiting room and you know what? It was one of the most relaxing and peaceful days of my life.

I hope that the Lord will continue to use me in this kind of way – not so much for me, but for those who need to know how much God loves them and will provide for them. He provided for both me and my friend that day and I’m so glad that He did.

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