Our departure date is October 29th…our financial deadline is September 29th…this is a very interesting time for us. We have hope and faith that God will come through and provide the way for us to go.
But, what if He doesn’t…
I don’t think asking that question means that we are questioning or doubting God or what He told us to do. It is a very difficult question for me to ask myself, however.
My heart is so set on going to Africa next month with our team, so much so, that when I do ask myself this question, I start crying.
What if He doesn’t? Does that mean that we heard God wrong?
No, it doesn’t! It means that God has a greater plan than we what understand set in motion!
We know, beyond a shadow of a doubt that we have been called to spend our lives, serving Him overseas! And we believe, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we heard Him speaking to us about joining this team at this time! And so we have been faithful and obedient, stepping onto each step that He has illuminated for us…walked through each door that He has opened for us.
The other day, when I was feeling discouraged, I was reminded of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the book of Daniel. When told to worship the idols of the king, they refused, and the king told them they would be thrown into the blazing furnace. And how they responded to this blows me away:
“If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods…” Daniel 3:17-18
I’ve been asked recently, if our financial support doesn’t come in on time, will you be disillusioned? Will you end up staying here?
And thinking about it, my answer is unshakable: No.
No, I will not be disillusioned.
No, we won’t end up staying here.
This is our calling. This is what we are meant to do with our lives. I have no doubt of this. We will be going to Africa!
If our support doesn’t come in on time, I still believe we heard God directing us on this path. I know that He is still orchestrating our steps. And we will continue to be faithful and obedient to how He directs us.
We hope, and pray, and believe, that we will be leaving for our first term (of many) in Africa at the end of October. We believe that our God can, and will make it possible for us to walk this path…but even if He doesn’t…He is good, He is faithful…and He is God.