Journey’s Through Skype
After having two separate sessions of video chat via Skype with two of the closest people/persons to us, it seems highly appropriate that the conviction on my heart and mind to discuss is that regarding the uncertainty of the unknown and the inescapable unbearable.
There are 3 different families, (mine included) that are living completely different lives, on three separate continents, all with different surrounding circumstances, with one very specific calling: to continue the work of the Lord’s ministry. One family has inherited a small local church which they have transformed into a flourishing weekly Bible study, reconnecting on a discipleship level that was never attained before during their previous pastor’s tenure. The other family departed for their home country after waiting more than 20 years to be called back home, eager to answer the call of the ministry, only to find out that there is still more waiting to be done and more patience to try. And then the last is dealing with the difficulty of determining what takes precedence, the ministry or the immediate family.
We all put our heart and soul into what God has called us to do. And on very different levels, He’s called us to fully trust in Him.
After walking away from both conversations, it’s clear to me that the challenge of trusting in God during this very tumultuous journey is a sentiment that I can claim to have with two of the families that we love so much. We expressed our concerns, anxieties, and fears. We talked of how difficult it is to trust in God and the recent personal experiences of when our trust was successful and when it failed. Our countenance was sharpened as we leaned on one another for words of encouragement and strength, realizing that tens of thousands of miles apart, we were all going through the same exact testing of faith.
And personally, this realization helped bring directly to the forefront of my mind that I, and my family, am not alone. Yes, God is our very present help during times of trouble. But oddly enough, the feeling that He never left and continues to be by our side, comes in the form of the reality that some of our closest friends are enduring the same test of faith that we are, just in different circumstances. It’s almost as if He’s telling me, “I know this is difficult. To show you I am considerate of your situation, I am allowing you to endure this with some of your closest friends, to commiserate and empathize with what you are going through, so that they can be used by Me to bring you strength, peace, comfort, and joy… and so that you can be used to bring them the same.”
Every day, we wake up never understanding how God will work in our lives, and we go to sleep, amazed at the way He did. Some days are more difficult than others to trust in Him. Those are the days I go online and check my Skype to see if my closest loved ones are there to carry me through.
The simple truth that they are enduring times where they lack trust and are filled with discouragement and pain yet they press on toward the goal in Christ, pushes me to do the same. Because they trust in God, it encourages me to trust in Him. Because they love Him, they can trust Him.
And because they love Him…. I love them.
For all those who are dealing with the difficulty of trusting in God, some words of encouragement from the only source of our epistemology. May you continue to trust in Him, with all your heart, for not once, has He ever left nor forsaken you.
James 1:2,3 – “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”
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