Thank you for all your prayers regarding jury duty today. I arrived at the court house this morning and after 3 hours…18 people were called to remain while the other 150 people were excused from service for the next 24 months…I was one of the many to be dismissed…great timing as Carl was able to pick me up before we needed to pick up Caleb from swimming at preschool…then we all had a nice lunch out and Carl and Caleb are napping as I write…unexpected perk.
The morning began with one of the judges addressing the room full of jurors…he thanked us for being willing to serve although he knew that the majority felt unlucky to be there. He concluded his comments by saying that there was a time when all of us would have been disqualified for some reason or another from serving on a jury but now for the most part we all have this privilege yet now that we have the right…we don’t want it. I must confess that I grumbled a bit as well.
As part of my civic duty…by random assignment I was selected or called for jury duty. I needed to clear out that time frame in order to serve IF called. I waited with others and when the final names were called I felt a bit of heart flutter waiting to hear my name…as you know, I did not hear my name.
There is nothing random about God…we have been selected and called by our loving Father…in fact the whole Bible is our love letter of how he has chosen us to walk with Him no matter the great cost to Himself. I don’t have to guess if He will call my name…I am His and He has me engraved to the palms of His hands.
Serving is challenging…heeding the call on our lives can at times be inconvenient…it is a daily process…not a few hours or days and then living carefree for the next two years.
Here is what the Word says:
“I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe…”
Ephesians 1: 18,19
“…who has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.”
II Timothy 1:9
“Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.”
“Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
II Peter 1: 10,11
I am thankful today that I don’t have to be surprised by a summons in the mail…I have a Savior that has summoned me to Himself…He has called me His own…He has called me by name.
Thank you again for your prayers…God answered them in a deeper way (not just logistical) than we even knew…more than just an opportunity to read and do sudoku…who knew…