“And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.” Psalms 119:43
I believe I can speak here for anyone who serves in full time Christian work. None of us want to be “put out” of the ministry. There is a great desire that was placed in our heart and the reason we surrendered to this life to begin with, and that is to bring God more souls and more glory.
When Mark and I were serving in our home church for a couple of years after having been in the Amazon for so long, it was very difficult for me to watch any missionary presentation at church. I would weep while I watched the missionary’s videos.
I felt as though God had placed us on a shelf during those years and I think there was a despair in my prayers during that time where I felt like the psalmist. I didn’t want God to take His calling on my life into missions completely away from me and for the devil to get the victory by pulling another missionary off the field. It was very hard to see what God was doing and very hard for me to transition into church work here in the USA.
However, I kept my hope in God. My ups and downs were continually laced with the thought that I believed that God was in control and I trusted Him to be what held me together. And 3 years later, He placed us back on the soil of Brazil and in a ministry I never even dreamed of during that hard time.
God always sees the long view of everything. He is not working in our lives for just the immediate because He inhabits eternity (Isaiah 57:15) and He is working the WHOLE picture in our lives.
Do you feel like there is something in your life that has happened that makes absolutely no sense? Don’t despair. Hope in God. He knows exactly what He is doing and He knows exactly how to work in your situation.
While you are hoping in Him; Dwell in Him. Stay in the Word, keep your focus and let perfection of the will of God happen.
“God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightiest be justified in thy sayings, and mightiest overcome when thou art judged.” Romans 3:4
After my stint here in American church work, I headed back to Brazil and I cannot count how many things I learned during those few years that have helped me in our ministry now in southern Brazil. And I am sure there are many more things that will become clear as I continue.
I know I can’t see the whole picture of my life, but I can trust the One Who can!
Until Next Time, Lord willing,