My heart is eager to progress in our path to ministry overseas.
Sometimes being here can be exhausting, only because my heart is so furiously fighting to be elsewhere. I must at times reign it in. I know, although our time of preparation has extended itself beyond our initial expectations, that this is God’s hand at work, preparing us for successful ministry.
As our wise leaders at church have told us, they will not “send us over to fail”. If we’re going–we are going prepared. God would desire it no other way.
However we at time still find ourselves discouraged; as if we’re at a standstill.
Yet we know that these time-consuming steps in our life will not prove futile. School, ministry, work, even the time itself between now and our overseas ministry each play a part in building a successful base for our ministry.
But only if God is in them. If in anything we do God is not present, and Christ is not preeminent, then it is indeed a waste of time.
May school never be for that degree alone. May work never be for that paycheck. May ministry never be for that “check” off of our to-do list.
This time is precious, although frustrating as it can be.
eryn. my heart often feels the same way. it is difficult to be patient in this time of preparation. i feel an anxious longing constantly to be where my heart desires. i know God has given us this time to prepare us for whats to come. but i often wonder what is the line between our desire and longing to serve Him overseas in the future and being content right where we are? i long to be back in asia. but i know i must be content here. it is a constant struggle for me. thanks for posting this. its a reminder to live here and now, and let God take care of the rest.
Thank you Hannah 🙂 It's always refreshing to know there are others facing this same longing and learning how God uses time in our lives and development for ministry. Hope you guys are doing well!
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