A year… That’s how long it’s been since we stepped out in FAITH and left the comforts of home to follow where we knew God was leading us. Yes, there were a lot of unknowns (and there still are) But we knew, that we knew, that we knew that it was time.
Thinking back I recall times when we were surrounded by friends and family who were cheering us on, and times when words of discouragement were spoken over us. The enemy so easily could have used those hurtful words against us, but God prevailed and we pressed into Him as we moved forward. The truth is those words like, “It’s just to difficult” or “God’s plan shouldn’t be so hard,” although difficult to hear, strengthened us even more because we knew that God’s word tells us that following Him will not be easy, that there will be persecution and that without Him the road would be difficult.
“Is anything too difficult for the Lord?” ~Genesis 18:14
“If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you… If they persecute Me they will persecute you… for they do not know the One who sent Me.” ~ John 15:19-21
Just because something is difficult doesn’t mean it is not God’s will! Remember Jesus dying on the cross? There was nothing easy about that for Jesus, but It. Was. God’s plan! In the same way, God is taking all of us on a journey. He has a plan for each of us. It might not be what we had in mind, it might not happen on our timetable, and it’s likely much of that plan will surprise us or even shock us. (That’s why he only shares a little bit at a time) That plan will look different for each of us. It might be leading a small group bible study in your community, it might be mentoring individuals, or ministering to the homeless in your town. It could be adopting, fostering, church planting, leading a study with your office staff or tutoring kids in an afterschool program. For one person it might look like serving in a soup kitchen and for another it might look like counseling women who have just come out of prostitution in a third world country. No matter the calling on a person’s life, no matter how big or small those things may look in “the world’s” eyes, in God’s eyes they are ALL big, they are ALL significant, and most importantly they ALL bring glory to God.
Today I’m sitting here listening to the children singing at the primary school next door, the call to prayer over the loud speaker at the nearby Mosque, and the heavy rain that’s falling on the tin roof and my heart is FULL. Yes, there are days when I struggle, there are days when my plate feels too full, and even days when I feel lonely (even with
9, 8, 7 kids.) But the
Lord is faithful; he never fails to show me His goodness and He is the One I
cling to. May everything I do bring GLORY TO HIM!
Verses that I cling to:
“I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would
See the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.” ~Psalm 27:13-14
The Lord’s lovingkindness indeed never cease,
For His compassion never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.”
~ Lamentations 3:22-24
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. ~Hebrews 10:23
There are so many faces we miss, so many ‘things’ we miss, and so many moments we miss being a part of, but God sustains us and we are SO glad we were obedient to God’s voice and said YES!
What is God speaking to your heart? What is He asking you to say ‘YES’ to?
Which road will you follow?
We Live by FAITH, not by sight.
~ 2 Corinthians 5:7