And when a student came to me with a real problem, a deeply unsettling issue that was consuming her life, I felt so.... ill equipped? unworthy to offer advice? lost? all of the above. I mean, this is a life that I'm involved in. My actions and words have lasting impact on her future- depending on if I truly push her into Christ or just coat the problem with cliché feel good phrases and hugs.
And what's easier? Hugs. Absolutely. But that's not my job.
Thankfully, I have some very wise people in my life who encourage me daily. And today I was reminded that God manifests himself in the impossible. In things that are possible, why would we need God? No, He is glorified in the situations that we could never work out ourselves. And faith is knowing that that very thing is possible.
Luke 1:37 "For nothing will be impossible with God."
And so, it doesn't matter if I'm equipped for this. It doesn't matter if I can relate to her. God is fully able. He is absolutely equipped to fill every need. And I am an instrument.
Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."
2 Corinthians 5:7 "For we walk by faith, not by sight."