Ann Cooper McCauley

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I’m an Expert

Bet that title made you want to read on. Don’t I sound arrogant? Well, I can assure you, I never wanted to become an expert at so many things.

My mini-van wove in and out between semi-trucks, like playing checkers. I’d zoom ahead and a truck would pull into my lane and block me. I’d slow down and the big rigs would hem me into the right lane.

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I swiped at tears. Make-up didn’t need to run before I arrived at my meeting. The traffic time became prime time. For what? Worry. Every loose thread in my life seemed to unravel. “Lord, You know all the things that concern me this morning. Please. Could you make the briar patch an easier place to walk?”

I’m making you an expert.

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Jolted, I sat straighter and reflected on life experiences that had prepared me for one thing or another.

When a friend’s baby died, I cried with her, took her hand, and walked alongside her. Hadn’t I been crushed?

Often God had moved our family into a place or situation where someone was contemplating foreign adoption. I understood the challenge. Adoption is a beautiful act—a difficult process.

More than once, heartsick mothers were given my phone number when their children struggled to learn. Resourceful? Hadn’t that become my middle name? I’d walked before them, seeking ways to teach and train my own children with disabilities.

And, when beloved children made bad choices?  I  learned I couldn’t  fix them. Prayed for God to intervene.

Yes… I’ve become expert at doing nothing sometimes.

 

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The pathway to expertise is often arduous and painful. No one wants to go through what it takes to build. Construction tools grind, squeeze, shear, measure, rub, shave, drill, and hammer. Their power? To create something. Misshapen? Maybe. One of a kind? Usually.

Upon return from my trip, I looked it up. Merriam-Webster says the definition of an expert is “having or showing special skill or knowledge because of what you have been taught or what you have experienced.”

Never looked at things this way before…

Our Father’s whispers are positive. He could have said, “Patience, Ann.”  He could have said, “Tribulation will work character in you, Ann.” No. He knows the end from the beginning. He says, I am making you an expert.

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What about you? Encourage yourself when the hard things come. Imagine yourself as God sees you. In the end, you’ll be able to speak life into situations like no other. Why? Because He’s making you an expert.

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into the grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also; knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed, because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts, by the Holy Spirit which is given to us.” Romans 5:4 WBT

 

 

 

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12 Comments
  • Cyn Rogalski on January 20, 2015

    I am so encouraged by this post. Thank you Ann. I never thought of’expert’ in that way either. Caring for mom & mom-in-law before they died of cancer, being deeply hurt by a friendship gone bad, raising a difficult ADD child, never put it together as training for my expertness. You’ve given me much to dwell with today…thank you again. May God continue to bless the work of your hands!

  • Vonnie smith on January 20, 2015

    This is so true! Thank you for sharing this today, Ann!

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on January 20, 2015

      You’re certainly working on expertise in your physical body. Praying this season ends very soon! Your attitude has been amazing through it all. Love you!

  • Sally Chambers on January 20, 2015

    Fantastic new slant on “expert” and I’d never thought of it applying to me. Really good post, Ann!

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on January 20, 2015

      God has a way of transcending our human thoughts and shining light on just what we need, doesn’t He? Thanks, Sally.

  • Betty Wingfield on January 20, 2015

    You build me up with every single post. This was especially meaningful to me. I hope you are feeling better by now. God bless you and your family.

    • Ann Cooper McCauley on January 21, 2015

      Thank you, Betty. I am feeling better this evening. Hand surgery tomorrow. More prayer, please! I will be glad to have it behind me, and I suppose I will be an expert now on trigger finger. LOL

  • Sandra Ardoin on January 21, 2015

    Where’s the “Like” button? Inspiring words, Ann.

  • Dawn Rogers on January 22, 2015

    Thank you Ann. I think I have my expert degree… no wait I still fall and think I need to figure it all out. I am a slow expert…
    love you and your words.

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