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Faith, Preparation and Staying in Season

I strongly believe that every follower of Jesus Christ is a missionary and a minister to any context in which they find themselves on a daily basis, be that Hollywood, Walmart, Beijing, Kabul, Clay Street…

And yet there does seem to be a difference when someone lays down their normal existence to follow the call of God to another part of the world, where they have no family, no livelihood, no clear future. If it’s equally valid to be a missionary on Wall Street as it is in Kigali (and it is), why do we focus Mission Sunday on people who are a long, long way away from home?

That may be a question with an obvious answer. But then again, it may not be.

I’m not even a missionary in the strict sense of the term. I’m just being obedient to direction from the Holy Spirit which, if I’m honest, I really didn’t want to follow. No matter how wonderful the revival here in Redding is, and I have seen some things which have rewritten my expectations of Christianity this side of heaven, that I never imagined seeing, although I may have sung about them many times (….Lord, let Your glory fall….). But we are a long. long way away from home, with no livelihood and no way to support ourselves (visa regulations). We are dependent on others in a way that’s often quite painful. We tread lightly, because we’re aliens here. Like walking on water, we can’t try to carry anything heavy with us, or we might sink. That’s what worries me about looking for a car. We have been living precariously for some time now, by faith, one step at a time.

And so I come to the point of my post. I realized that this kind of living – not trying to work out too much, too far ahead, taking each month as it comes and being grateful for what we have, is one of the things that marks out this kind of missionary from the kind who works on Wall Street or Fleet Street. Not that they have the monopoly on that kind of life. After all, we’re not strictly missionaries, not yet. It drives me crazy because I love to plan ahead and have all my ducks in a row before I commit to a decision. So what, if we cycle to school now, before the rains come? When the rain comes, it’ll be a different season, with a different solution. Over the past two years, God has provided the right solution in the right season, even if we did spend a whole two weeks cycling to school last year! 🙂

Don’t worry about the rainy season, Christina. You’re in that kind of place before God, to simply walk in the solution of the season. I do not think, and I do not hope, that this will be the pattern of my life. But here, trying to prepare for a season God has not yet provided for maybe my greatest source of anxiety.

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  1. November 10, 2012 at 9:31 am

    People like you truly inspire my faith! I’m privileged to know you 1. and 2. that You are my Life-Coach by God’s design, in this crucial season that is preparation for my future! And 3. I just love your candor in all of your writing! 🙂

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