We are Home!
The mission team from Guatemala returned to the United States late last Saturday. Before we returned, one of the leaders of Groundwork Guatemala asked us to say what would be different on Monday after we got home—what would we do different, see different because of how God had worked through us on that trip. This was a wonderful question and helped us all to start thinking about what really mattered. Our time in Guatemala was not just for those eight days but was in fact a training ground, a beginning to the next chapter in our journey of faith.
Life happens so fast, with so many expectations and commitments that it isn’t often we get the opportunity to pause and consider how God is leading us. What is He calling us to, asking us to quit, challenging us to grow, sending us to bless others. So often our day is pre-scheduled, our month pre-planned, our year dictated by school, sports and work. The chance to pause and ponder the question “what is God doing here?” or “What does God want me to do with this?” never crosses our mind.
For those few moments as we sat there and searched for an answer to what Monday would bring I was able to really listen to God. The answer? I don’t know. That is the answer I shared, “I don’t know” I don’t know what it is God wants me to do different except just that very thing. Stop, ask and listen to Him about where He is leading. That is what we did all week in Guatemala. We had a schedule, but the schedule was filled with un hurried time to talk, listen, share and serve others the way God asked us to, not the way we wanted.
This is what I am bringing home. This is what I am doing differently. I am changing some things to make more room for Him to act, to lead, to direct my steps. Too much of my time is scheduled and too much of it is accomplished out of obligation. Starting today, less of it is. Today I challenged the staff to make more room for God in their day. Which means less meetings, less structure and more time to listen to God and act on it. Make a phone call, send an email, write a letter, offer a prayer. Do what God is asking you to do.
This sounds strange at first, and maybe it is the whim of a guy who just got back from a mission trip. Maybe it is a dream that happened in Guatemala that would never work in the United States. Or maybe, just maybe doing less and being with and listening to God more is so crazy it just might work. Thank you for you prayers, for your partnership and for listening to God’s promise of hope and life. Because when the last day comes and everything is revealed, what we will discover is that our relationship with God and our living out our faith with one another is all that ever mattered.
“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Revelation 7:8-10