Day 16 p. 177-188
“And we know…” (Romans 8:28) I’ve read this passage many times, but the older I get, the more profound it is in my life. The first three words in this passage assume we have a certain knowledge of something. Where did we get that knowledge? In James 1:5, we are to ask Him for wisdom (deep knowledge) and He will give it to us. So when we ask Him for understanding of these verses, He first reminds us of our “love relationship with Him.” As a small child, I cannot remember a time when I did not absolutely LOVE Jesus! I wanted to serve Him forever even then. At the time, I was in a little country Methodist church, 3 years before I realized I needed Him as my Savior. How is that possible? I only had knowledge of Him, yet I already wanted to be in His service. My thought process was – to be a missionary, I had to be a Baptist, or to be a nun, I must be a Catholic! I was neither, so I didn’t feel I could ever fulfill that deep desire in my heart to serve Him fully.
After I was saved and even when I failed Him badly, I always felt close to Him. That knowledge of His love and continued care for me saw me through many hardships in my life. I never asked, “God why did you let that happen?” Instead, I would ask, “God, what will this change mean in my life?” Leaning into what God is doing is the easy part, following His footsteps is the hard part, looking back after a few years experiences is the “knowledge” part!
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) The worst thing that ever happened in my life, led me straight to God’s fulfilling His purpose in my life - that longing in a young girl’s heart to serve Him in a “called vocation.” My calling was to Oakland Heights Baptist Church in May of 1984 as a childcare worker/receptionist. I became the Pastor’s Secretary in July and the rest, as they say, is history! I know this is God’s calling on my life, because after almost 34 years, I still get excited about coming to work! Each day I get to love on His people, serve Him through serving others, learn patience in the mundane paperwork, and see where He is at work in the life of my church and join Him! “And we know…” His work is not done at OHBC yet–so “Let’s Go to Work!”
About The Author
Marine Moore grew up in Kentucky, but has lived in Texas for nearly 41 years, 40 of those years as a member of Oakland Heights Baptist Church. Her son, Eddie is still a member, and works with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Her daughter, Maryah, is an active member in the choir, orchestra, and is a Ministry Assistant at Hiway 80 Rescue Mission. Her husband, DJ heads up the Safety Team at OHBC.