There are things in life that I will not ever be able to fathom.
Why do mosquitoes exist?
Why more guys don’t wear belts, instead of looking like penguins.
But mostly things like
I mean if I was God dealing with someone like me, I would have smitted myself a LONG time ago. I would have been tired of someone like me, a LONG time ago, and I would constantly be saying “Seriously, Bethsaida.. again??”
Oh, but the mystery of God’s love and grace. Thinking of it brings me to my knees, tears to my eyes, and overflows my heart with gratitude. His gentleness. His kindness. His arms always open…even when we fail Him.
I have to admit, I was opened to a very tangible way I’ve been disobedient in serving Him.
“Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.” Psalm 105:2
There are SO many blessings, and things that God has been doing since I’ve arrived in the states in December, that I have yet to share. On that same token, there are SO many God-stories that I went through overseas that I have yet to share as well.
Maybe some of it is due to feeling there is no time. Maybe some of it is due to fear that no one will really care. Maybe some of it is due to having to revisit those deep waters that I thought would submerge me, but ended up cleansing me, and I don’t want to emote too much.
Whatever “it” is… “it” is a LAME excuse.
I was reading a blog today from a friend of mine in Thailand. A man of great faith, and I know will be an inspiration to you as well, if you follow his blog. He was just bragging and gushing about all the wonderful things God is doing in northern Thailand. It makes me proud to hear all that God is doing through him, and the work God is doing there! But then it made me think..”Wait a second, I’ve not been bragging about what God is doing in my city!”
One of the great passions of my heart is to see Believers live out their call as missionaries. Sure, I went overseas for almost three years. And I do enjoy traveling, and I would love to be able to still do trips in the future, but God has called me to serve in my CITY. What a privilege.
This is how the Body works, every person being obedient and faithful to where God has called them to serve. Some are called oversees fulltime, some are called to their city fulltime.
You know that we can be mission minded in our own backyard right?
I was driving, the other day, on the FDR drive, and just thanking God for allowing me to be born in, grow up in, and understand the culture of the greatest city in the world… literally. Well out of the 16 or so countries I’ve visited so far.
So can you allow me the next couple blogs to brag on the wonderful works God is doing in NYC?
I’m so sorry God. I will NOT be silent any longer. I will sing.. I will tell… I will bring You the glory you deserve.
What God stories have you been holding back?
The enemy often wants us to be silent, uses fear, shyness, being “private”, “No one will care”, or “We don’t have time” to rob God of the fame due His name! Let’s not be deceived!
Let’s join the famous psalmist:
“I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; I WILL tell of all the marvelous things you have done.” Psalm 9:1 (emphasis mine)
Share your stories. Share your God stories. Share about His marvelous deeds so others can marvel in Him.