At some point a seed was planted in my heart.
A seed that I assumed may never get enough light or water to grow, much less bloom.
Though I’ve never had an epiphany moment and laid my life on the altar to move to an African desert or South American jungle as a missionary, God has given me a heart for the work they do and His people they serve.
I know people who uprooted all they knew and loved to move to foreign countries following God’s call into missions. They’ve given up their own dreams to pursue the dreams God has planted and through their obedience and submission, He is multiplying their fruit in ways I believe they won’t ever know until they are with Him.
Then I look at my life. I consider the farm we live on that will never be anywhere other than where it is right now, and unless God changes something drastically, I’ll remain planted right here with the hay and cattle forevermore. Is it a good life? Yes, it’s a great life and I pinch myself when I consider how fortunate I am.
Then I consider the two children we are raising and the small town we live in, and how great that is.
consider that maybe my one and only mission field in life is right here in the middle of these thousand acres that is truly God’s country with these little one’s God’s given me bottoms to wipe and noses to blow and mouths to feed and hay to rake and a marriage to learn life and love and all the hard in-betweens from.
Yes, I believe with all of my heart the greatest mission field God has given me is right where God has me.
The greatest mission field I serve is in my home and in my home I’m changing the world one beautiful and sometimes broken day at a time.
But there’s still a seed in my soul for the lost, dying, hungry and thirsty rest of the world and I haven’t been able to reconcile what to do with it. There is the GREATER church that God has put a passion in my soul to love and care for and I feel helpless to do anything other than pray. And prayer is GOOD, prayer is GREAT, prayer is NECESSARY…but what about putting feet to my prayers? What about that?
Then I learn of people established in doing God’s work throughout the entire world and I lean in close to hear, because my ears and my heart are pricked.
I learn through a set of circumstances and “chance” encounters that are really nothing short of GOD-encounters, that right here in my back yard, an hour away, is an organization doing just what I’ve felt God pulling me to be a part of.
So, what are the chances? What are the chances that God has brought people into my life in the past few months that are not only drawing me closer to Him through mentorship and FRIENDSHIP, but then that they are involved in an organization that is AWAKE to God’s call to “go into all the world” and they are inviting me and you to help.
And this time, I can.
What are the chances that last week I would find myself sitting across the desk at the World Help headquarters with Vice President Noel Yeatts? And what are the chances I’d be able to listen first-hand to my dear friend Michele-Lyn Ault give her testimony to fifty-some World Help employees on how God has used their organization to allow her to “Go and Tell and Love On” His hurting people, while her greatest mission field remains her husband and four children on the farm she calls home?
Last week the chances were real and the God of second, third and seventy-seven times seven chances showed up BIG, because He IS BIG, after all.
Yeah, it’s POSSIBLE to BE and DO MORE than what we feel is possible, because nothing is IMPOSSIBLE with the ONE who MADE LIFE POSSIBLE.
I don’t know what gifts God’s given you, but if you’re a child of His, you have them. And they aren’t yours to keep, they’re yours to give.
We all have something to GIVE.
I believe God has given me the gifts of words and photography…and I’m starting to think it’s for just a time as this. He will have to move the mountains that need to be moved for me to use them in the ways I feel He’s calling me to, and I’m TRUSTING Him to do just that. If God wants me in Guatemala this fall, or next year or ten years from now, He will make a way. Because He is THE way.
I believe those are my gifts and I believe He has greater plans for them than what my feeble mind has imagined…and not an ounce for my glory, but all and only for His. And that’s all and only what I want at this point. To be used all and only for Him. To abide in Him and Him in me. Wholly. Holy. Completely.
I’m leaving you with a quote from Noel Yeatt’s book, “Awake“, that rocked my world. This statement from Jim Palmer in his book “Divine Nobodies” left me weeping, because it’s not a view of God I’ve taken, but I pray I never forget…
“Here’s what I want. I want to share with God all I feel, all I need, all that grieves me, all that makes me happy, the puzzling things, the hard things, but I would prefer that God keeps his stuff to himself. I don’t want to hear about his pain and grief.”
I have NEVER stopped to consider God’s pain and grief. NEVER. I’ve only stopped to consider my own.
Noel goes on to say this, “We have to be willing to embrace all that God is about, all that he loves, and all that breaks his heart.”
Yes, we have to be willing to consider that, don’t we? But when? When it’s convenient? Because if that’s when, then we never will. Not in the age of “comfortably numb” we live in today, as Noel puts it.
So, no matter what your current mission field is, even if you never have the chance to leave your 1/2 acre or 1000 acres…and EVEN IF YOU DO…there is something you can do today. Something you can give. Something you have to offer.
Can you let go of it to let God use it…to let God use you?
I’m excited to be joining a beautiful community of blogging advocates who routinely speak up and out as ambassadors for the mission of World Help. And not so routinely (for the first time this fall as a WH blogger group to Guatemala) they have opportunities to visit the front lines where World Help is changing lives daily. (This is a stone I’m TRUSTING God to move for me in His time, His will, His way…)
Regardless of how and when I get to GO, I’ll be sharing HERE monthly-ish with updates on their initiatives and ways WE ALL can help. Because everyone has something to give. Everyone.
It’s Woman to Woman Wednesday, where we come together as God’s girls to spur one another on to Truth in love. If you have a blog, we would love to have you link-up and only ask that you give some love to the person linked before you. If you don’t have a blog post to share, we would still love to see your comments here and through any links you can visit. We are in this together. Feel free to grab the button for your site and come back on Wednesdays to be encouraged.
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