How can I be sure God won’t let me down? I have to stand on His character.
And ultimately He is good. I cannot doubt that even when it’s hard to see. When it’s hard to keep going.
When we left on our missions trip, we didn’t know what to expect. The unexpected, I suppose. But we knew it would be good. And Puerto Rico, our first stop, was good, but hard. Man, was it hard. Money was running through our fingers on food and on medicine for Ceci when she had so many unexpected seizures. Yea, it was a trying time of our faith being exercised. The kind of exercise that makes your muscles burn and your legs give out. The kind with tears.
And yet, we saw God’s goodness in the family He provided. Yes, family. Strangers that became immediate family supported us spiritually, emotionally, and financially as we placed our trust in God. It was amazing. And then we went to the Dominican Republic.
And it was like being led out onto green pastures. There was peace, protection, green space to enjoy, and meditation to be had. We prayed with new friends. Saw the supernatural take place. Learned from other missionaries and hopefully imparted something too. Shared the love of Christ through song and time spent. Words spoken. Again, we found family.
We found that the body of Christ is truly one body. And even though division threatens to keep churches handicap. It is a lie. The church is one people with a heart after Gods. It is not an institution. Not a state. Not even an idea. It’s a living, breathing alive person doing the will of the Father. Saying YES when fear says NO. Saying I STILL HAVE HOPE when it looks grim. Our future lies in eager expectation waiting to be revealed around the world as something bigger, something better than we’ve ever cared to make it. It involves risk. True love requires sacrifice.
We won’t make it to Mexico and Brazil this year because of funding issues, but we’ll eventually go because we’re called. We have been sent. And truly I know no greater satisfaction than being obedient to the Spirit inside. May we all leave our cages and do the hard things.