Wednesday, December 17, 2014
A Call to Missions
Interestingly, the last time I was in Colorado was when I was in high school. I attended a nationwide Christian and Missionary Alliance youth conference, called "LIFE", at Colorado State University. Hundreds of youth from the CMA denomination attended. There were wonderful speakers and times of worship each day.
One evening someone spoke -- possibly Morris Dirks, I don't quite remember -- and it was about the call to missions. The message touched my heart and I felt the Holy Spirit speaking to me about missions. I went forward, prayed and told the Lord that if He ever called me into missions, I would obey and go. I was pretty convinced that missions was going to be in my future.
Fast forward a few years later. Darren and I were dating and I told him I thought I was supposed to be a missionary. He told me he did not picture himself ever doing that. But he encouraged me and said, "We will serve the Lord in the church here in the U.S." I agreed that would be good as well, but I did wonder why I had felt that strong call to missions that one night in Colorado.
When this whole idea of leaving our current life and moving to Sacred Road came up last year, one of my first thoughts went back to this night at the LIFE conference, of course.
I wrestled with it. "Lord, you aren't asking me to go now, are you? Things are different now. My life feels settled and good. We can't just pick up and go." Hadn't that door to missions closed years ago?
Thankfully the Lord gently showed me that He was calling me now. He reminded me that His timing and ways are different than mine. He reminded me that He had put that seed in my heart long ago and now it was time to obey.
I love how the Lord weaves our lives and how He knew He would be sending me back to Colorado someday -- for missionary training! I never cease to be amazed at His goodness and perfect plan!