It is such a blessing that the Lord allows us to meet such wonderful, diverse people in many different countries. New opportunities and first-time areas are always intriguing. However, there are moments when I feel totally disappointed in my behavior and reactions contemplating unknown circumstances that this also involves, and sometimes sheer fatigue can sway my opinion as to whether something is going to be seen as “adventurous” or just plain “unacceptable”. And so it was one of those days….
As we sat in the airport waiting for our flight to a new area (several years ago), Bobby was enjoying conversation with our host, but I was mentally rebelling against the Lord with a negative attitude, questioning Him about this next destination, and, quite honesty, throwing a spiritual tantrum! The Lord simply pointed my attention down the aisle to a one-year-old child sitting on her mother’s lap and told me to watch. The mom was chatting with a friend most of the time, but stopped periodically to give the little girl a toy or kiss on the head or a little nibble of food. The baby was completely happy with whatever the mom did, just content to be there with her. As the mom scooped her up and carried her off, again, she smiled instead of fussing, never worrying about where her mom was taking her or if that would be what she was ready to do.
The Lord said, “That’s what I want you to do! Just trust Me like that little one, let Me carry you where I want you to go, and just be content with My Presence. You don’t need to know what’s coming up in this unknown venture, because I already do!” With this non-negotiable but loving request, it was a relief for me because I definitely know how to curl up in my Savior’s arms and just trust Him! Before we even boarded the plane, He gave me a brand new spirit of joy, and complete confidence that He was in charge.
We did, indeed, arrive to horrible conditions and very needy people, but the Lord remained faithful every day. Our circumstances did not limit His ability to use us to encourage the people there, pray for them, and lead them to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ!
None of us have to be alive very long without encountering the first of our many difficult situations that come along in a lifetime. We may feel clueless as to what the situation holds, “in the dark” for making a crossroads decision, or out of control in given circumstances. It is not a comfortable place to be. But in Matthew 7:11, the Bible says, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in Heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!”
Only the Lord with His loving patience can reach our self-absorbed hardness and soften us to desire obedience and availability to Him in its place. It is our prayer that we would renew that decision daily and receive the freedom and victory it brings in our life!