In Luke 1:28, the angel Gabriel comes to Mary and says, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” And proceeds to explain to Mary that she will be blessed to have the child Jesus, and indeed she was blessed.
Everytime that I can find in scripture that God comes to someone and gives them a job to do, they are definitely blessed and honored, at first. But then the hard work starts.
For Mary the hard work started when she had to explain to Joseph why she was with child and it continued throughout her entire life having the stigma of an unwed mother.
Often times when we know God is calling us to do something it’s very exciting and thrilling, but after that excitement goes away, we begin to start feeling the weight of the work given to us.
Hosea was called by God to marry a harlot, in Hosea 1:2. God did this as a sign to Israel and Judah, but for Hosea, he had to live with the pain of her stepping out on him.
John the Baptist, the great prophet of God, he had to live in the wilderness and eat locust and honey, possibly feeling the pain of loneliness.
And of course Jesus who died the horrifying death on the cross.
It is important to remember two things when working for the Lord. First, while the call of God is exciting, it is never easy. Second, He is always with you and never leaves you, even when times get tough.
Father, thank you for choosing to use us for Your great works. Please help us not to get discouraged when it is hard and it seems like you are not there. In the name of Jesus, I pray, amen.