Recently, I attended a training that prepares me for all types of heightened situations and it has me thinking about some ideas that could be applied every day.
I think, in some sense, I have a proclivity in imagining types of situations that are heightened or dangerous or threatening because I’m passionate about storytelling. And in storytelling, whenever there is conflict or a plot that raises the stakes, characters are placed in very difficult situations. This can be challenging for the storyteller; it’s their job to know what happens next. However, in a good story, clues or devices have already been placed unsuspectingly. So, even if the character is still in a difficult place, the storyteller is already a step ahead of what will happen. Be that as it may, being mindful about situations ahead of time will just be a lot less stressful.
As the end of the third month of my support raising goal quickly approaches, it can begin to feel like a difficult situation because I’m not fully supported, it may feel as if I’ve been backed into a corner even though I’m not physically placed in one. In my case, I begin to circle back and think, what more could I have done or do right now? What else could I have put in place to make this not as difficult? How come I feel as prepared as ever and yet I am still not there?
Then suddenly all at once, during times when you are most frustrated, it rushes in. You remember you are not what you think you are, you are not the storyteller, you have given that role up to Jesus a while ago. I can trust God will make a good story and just because I don’t see the complete picture, I know He is there and He may have already given a clue. My job is to be faithful.
During all the information that comes with moving overseas and the endless amount of questions and uncertainties that could come to mind when even considering supporting mission work, I’m just grateful for all my friends and family who partner with me, who have faith in all the work the Lord is doing while also giving me the ability to take part overseas. There has been no shortage of travel for training these past few months and as the Lord continues to provide all these opportunities to learn more about my placement in North Africa and be further equipped for this journey, I continue to be made aware of blessings from the Lord throughout this time of preparation.
Part of my recent training focused a great deal on difficult situations and how to endure hard times. To do that, it is best to have a simple, truthful statement that you can return to and rely on. It does not change according to the purpose. Why couldn’t something so easily understood be used every day? After returning, I began thinking about a simple, truthful statement to have as I continue this ministry of support raising, and it was:
My job is to be faithful.
I encourage you to think of one too. It may not be as easy as you think.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
As we live each day during this season of reflection and gratitude, thank you for your time and attention to my blog posts and I hope you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!
Yours in Christ.
P.S. Please keep me in prayer that the Lord will provide the rest of my support soon. My goal is to be fully supported December 1st and I will be officially launching January 13th. Please be in prayer over my family as we start to transition and prepare for my departure in the next month.