Ok, this picture does not do this meal justice. This is the greatest meal on the planet! It is Bob's favorite from Cafe Jordano. My favorite (apparently Bob's too). I love it so much that I have zero desire to try anything else (though I hear everything is great). I have been there too many times to count and have not tried one other thing on the menu. The cost is just too high for me to try anything new there since I know I would be missing out on my favorite.
God showed me this is how I am in other areas. I have done college ministry full time for 10 years and I love it. It's my favorite. In my opinion college students are the most strategic people to minister to, not having made serious bad life choices that keep them from living on mission. They are still like wet-cement and can become very passionate for the Lord when yielded to Him. In fact, every past revival was started by college-aged people. God uses college students powerfully and I count it such a privledge to be used by God to see them become multiplying disciples. But... God is leading me to take a couple little steps toward women's ministry and I can see myself resisting because I love my favorite so much.
But God is a Gentle and Faithful Leader. Thought is has taken me awhile to become willing to follow Him at the expense of my favorite, He never gave up on me. He never threw up His hands in frustration or thrashed at me in anger. He is Patient, knowing how to get my desires lined up with His. He brought me to willing.
This past weekend I finally said ok. And truly surrendered the way my husband and I thought the Lord wanted me to. But to my shock, 2 days later, God opened our eyes to another way. I don't have to lay as much down as I thought and can still take a couple steps He is asking me to. What a gift! Not only to not have to give up all of my favorite but to be able to appreciate and live opened handed with it in a whole new way. What an incredible Gentle Leader and Heart/Desire Shaper we get to serve!