A Step of Faith

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Monday is around the corner and we’re entering into our last week of the Summer Term.

Friday is coming, Friday and goodbyes and packing and traveling, and soon, airport terminals, departures and arrivals into a foreign land.

Time catches up doesn’t it? It doesn’t seem to slow itself down, and we’re all wondering how to keep out hearts open, when goodbyes come, when we’ve settled into a routine and then it seems as if time speeds up the clock. How do you keep your heart open when goodbyes seem often?

We remind ourselves that this isn’t our home, that we are not from this earth, but from another kingdom, living on this earth, this land of in-between.

We remind ourselves to camp where we are, but get ready to cross the Jordan River when asked, like the Israelites did, and prepare to move forward. They didn’t know which way they were going, but they knew which way to go.

And just like them, you’ll know the way.

Because the Lord goes before you, behind you, and with you, preparing the way, each step of the way.

You’ll know which way to go, but you haven’t been this way before. The Jordan will rage in front of you, and you’ll be asked to take a step of faith and step into the raging waters, and you will cross on dry ground.

That step of faith will give others courage, courage to do the same, and this is why we can’t stay where we are at, together, a community at CIT, even though we are thankful for this community that is built here.

There comes a time when you know that it’s time, time to pack up and cross your Jordan, a step of faith into the wild unknown, a test of deep trust and true surrender. 

An you’ll know the way.

You’ll know the way, this scattering that happens around the world, that we may join hands together with others to gather again, gather around a celebration in heaven, our true home. We don’t stop until we get there. Because this isn’t our home.

Let’s remind ourselves of that and keep our hearts open, hearts open to love others, to serve where we are called to, and to fix our eyes on the unseen, on the eternal.

Here’s your step of faith, and you’ll know which way to go.

Right Now

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I remember when one of my mentors said this phrase. It was like a treasure; I carried it with me to the field, and I remembered looking back and reflecting how it had become true in my own life.

“The best preparation for the field is right now.”

Right now, when you can’t see what’s ahead, but you know that God has led this journey so far, and will continue to show the way.

Right now, when there’s a juggling of what God has placed on your heart to do, and where He has called you to be in the here and now, in today.

Right now, in the daily, in the moving and selling a home, in finishing packing up and heading to CIT, in buying tickets to move cross-culturally.

Right now, in the excitement, in the wondering, in taking one more step, and then another.

Right here. Right now.

“The best preparation for the field is right now.”

There will be times when you are tempted to give up–press onward.

There will be times when you are tempted to look around–look up.

Press onward, with faithful assurance that if God wants you to move overseas, He will provide the means to get there. Be faithful and let Him show you the way, even if that way is different than what you might have initially expected. There may be delays and disappointments along the way, and this is when it will be easy to look around. Look up. Look up to the One who created those skies and ask Him to align your will with His.

There will be times of waiting–wait for the Lord. Psalm 31:24 says, “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!” This will require both strength and courage, for waiting is not easy, but there is a strength on the other side of it, a strength in the Lord. This will also take courage to believe, even when you cannot see, that God is for you, and that there is purpose in the waiting.

And there will be a time of packing up, of moving, and a moment in time will come where it seems like both time has stopped and sped up at the exact same time.

“The best preparation for the field is right now.”

Right now.