Tuesday, September 21, 2010

It's Going To Take A Miracle

"It's going to take a miracle."  I often used this phrase when faced with the reality of overcoming a daunting, impossible task.  I moved forward to face the 'big giant'. Full-steam ahead I would work to finish the job under my own power and strength all the while saying half-heartedly, "It's going to take a miracle."

But, am I really believing that?  Do I in those moments rely on a celestial being to intervene for us? Am I really acknowledging that we can not do it under our own strength?  Shouldn't I really be saying, "LORD I can not do this on my own. Please intervene and guide me through the process. I have faith that if I am available to you, you will do it!"

As a family, we are learning to understand this "miracle" approach. The reality is that it is going to take miracles for us to be in Nairobi.  Along with our normal life schedules of work, school, kid's lessons, etc., the plans to move to Kenya are falling into place.  We have packed up and sold most of our possessions, planned out a time-line and have begun looking at the practical things such as passports and vaccine shot records. Sound exciting?  Honestly, it's hard work and there are often times when all we can do is pray, "LORD, we know it's going to take a miracle..." So, we make ourselves available, spiritually, emotionally and physically to be used by God. And that is when it gets exciting!
Over the last few months God has provided and has worked out his specialty countless times.  It has most often been manifested in the relationships and open doors that he continues to provide.  The greatest encouragement and confidence has been in the introduction to key relationships that we trust will guide us to specific ways we can be of assistance to the local church in Nairobi:
  • We consistently are being introduced to people that have a Kenya connection.  Relationships encourage us to stay focused on the path and our desire to serve the people in Kenya.
  • On October 1st we will be meeting with a gentleman visiting from Kenya who directs a ministry for widows and orphans in Nairobi.
  • After 9 months of being on the market (BTW selling a house is almost as daunting as the anticipation of birth) our house did not sell. God provided a family interested in renting from us.
  • Daily we are provided with opportunities to share God's plan with friends and strangers.  The Holy Spirit speaks more clearly and often than we could ever imagine.
  • We are blessed with a deep, solid foundation in both our sending agency, MVI and our home, Summit Church.  We are receiving God honoring direction and counsel in this process.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Blind

Do you ever feel like you are floundering trying to find answers?  Do you ever go through life blindly taking steps? Faith means taking steps even if I cannot see the path in front of me.  Today I am feeling blind and having trouble articulating exactly what we will be doing in Nairobi.


"Jesus, thanks for your example. Father, I am available. Holy Spirit, make me like Jesus."
We are praying for more clarity. God has a plan. It is assured through these words below.



10-16Sing to God a brand-new song,
   sing his praises all over the world!
Let the sea and its fish give a round of applause,
   with all the far-flung islands joining in.
Let the desert and its camps raise a tune,
   calling the Kedar nomads to join in.
Let the villagers in Sela round up a choir
   and perform from the tops of the mountains.
Make God's glory resound;
   echo his praises from coast to coast.
God steps out like he means business.
   You can see he's primed for action.
He shouts, announcing his arrival;
   he takes charge and his enemies fall into line:
   "I've been quiet long enough.
   I've held back, biting my tongue.
But now I'm letting loose, letting go,
   like a woman who's having a baby—
Stripping the hills bare,
   withering the wildflowers,
Drying up the rivers,
   turning lakes into mudflats.
But I'll take the hand of those who don't know the way,
   who can't see where they're going.
I'll be a personal guide to them,
   directing them through unknown country.
I'll be right there to show them what roads to take,
   make sure they don't fall into the ditch.
These are the things I'll be doing for them—
   sticking with them, not leaving them for a minute." (Isaiah 42:16, The Message)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

I never made a sacrifice.

David Livingston said:
People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay? Is that a sacrifice which brings its own blest reward in healthful activity, the consciousness of doing good, peace of mind, and a bright hope of a glorious destiny hereafter? Away with the word in such a view and with such a thought! It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege. Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or danger now and then with a foregoing of the common conveniences and charities of this life, may make us pause and cause the spirit to waver and the soul to sink; but let this only be for a moment. All these are nothing when compared with the glory which shall be revealed in and for us. I never made a sacrifice.
I John 3:16  By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
 For time in Africa we have already spent and including all the time we have yet to spend I will agree with D.L.  To find a perfect example of sacrifice read  Philippians 2:6-11.