“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting…
86. a walk in the cool morning, reading His handwriting
87. a breakfast of english muffin with honey
88. plucking fresh blueberries
As never before
To gripping tales
One person sharing hope
With the lost,
This child wonders
Can I make a difference?
Could God use me?
Faraway in India
An opportunity lost
A mission of its own
And more Praying
Faraway in Trinidad
On a mission together
As never before
To His voice
Here I am. Send me Lord.
From Isaiah chapter forty-nine,
"Listen to me, you islands; hear this you distant nations" (vs. 1).
The servant declared that even before he was born the Lord knew him and called him (vs. 1).
The Lord formed and shaped the servant's mouth to accomplish the divine purposes (vs. 2).
The servant owes his very existence to the Lord (vs. 5).
The Lord proclaimed: "I will make you a light for the Gentiles" (vs. 6)
and then performed the deed.
The Lord is the faithful one who chooses His servants and sends them forth to do His bidding (vs. 7).
As I prepare my heart for another trip to Trinidad, realizing God's hand orchestrated this long before I gave it a thought, I consider the word, missions. One dictionary defines missions as "a sending or being sent for some duty or purpose."
If we are true believers then each of us is on a mission. We are to go forth with a purpose of telling the Good News...everywhere. Whether we minister in our home, out in the community, or abroad we must allow our hearts to be broken with the things that break God's heart.
Some thought-provoking quotes...
"If the Great Commission is true, our plans are not too big; they are too small." -- Pat Morley
"To stay here and disobey God -- I can't afford to take the consequence. I would rather go and obey God than to stay here and know that I disobeyed." -- Amanda Berry Smith
"To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map." -- William Carey, pioneer missionary to India
"What's your dream and to what corner of the missions world will it take you?"
-- Eleanor Roat, missions mobilizer
My day started out giving directions to my oldest son. Not the usual directions...take out the trash, put up these clothes, take Max out, etc. but, directions he was actually interested in...how to get to a specific location in Jacksonville. He took his precious girlfriend shopping for her birthday. Now that is true love.
Anyway, I was confident that my directions were solid, clear, and completely accurate.
However, just now I received a frantic call from my son,
"Mom you gave me the wrong directions! You told me not to get on I-95 and that is exactly what I should have done."
Without going into too much detail, I was attempting to direct him to 9A, but he really was supposed to get on I-95 which turns into 9A South. It's a little confusing, that road.
Thankfully he had the sense to stop and ask for help.
Although I probably could have driven to that particular destination blindfolded, I had difficulty telling him how to do it.
Made me think....how many times do I rely on others for direction and guidance when I really need to refer to the greatest map ever...The Holy Word of God. There are no errors or misguided advice in the Bible. "And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times." (Psalm 12:6) The Bible says that you will "make your way prosperous if you read it and think about what it says everyday and start repeating it" (Joshua 1:8)
I am happy to announce, Taylor just called me back. He has arrived safely at his destination. He said they plan to go to eat at the Cheesecake Factory later this afternoon.
I said, "Oh, let me tell you the best way to get there from where you are."
Strange, but for some reason there was a lot of static in his phone and he said he couldn't hear me. Funny, but I could hear him just fine as he said, "Thanks Mom, don't worry, we'll ask someone else."
Show me the path where I should walk, O Lord; point out the right road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. (Psalm 25:4-5)
Psalm 27:14 (NIV) says Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14 (The Message) says I'm sure now I'll see God's goodness in the exuberant earth. Stay with God! Take heart. Don't quit. I'll say it again: Stay with God.