As I have been adjusting to my new role as ‘Missioner’ with Threshold Ministries, I have come to believe that my whole life has been preparing me for this time! I used to tell Taylor College students that they should be glad not to have the same preparation that I had as I tried to teach them skills and strategies. My preparation consisted of being told to trust God and then being placed in situations where I needed to do just that. It was a life of being thrown into the deep end and learning to swim (held by God).
I am grateful that in every situation God proved faithful to me and with each rescue I grew in confidence, in Him. I was just reading in “Journeys to Significance” by Neil Cole, “If your life is sedentary and lacking in compelling stories of God’s deliverance, it is because you are not taking enough risks for the sake of the Gospel.” Risk means hearing God’s voice and diving into the deep end! I am not saying every risk worked out as I hoped. I have experienced many and some colossal, failures. Success is not really ours to measure but comes with persistence and faith.
I am grateful that some of my youthful plans, programs, and prayers did not work out. God’s ways continue to be higher than mine. I one time had the idea of planting a church with a kind of ‘jazz coffee shop’ feel. The idea was just so cool. Now that I am a part of Up Town I am so grateful that my dream was not realised. We have a very messy kind of Church full of life and challenge but God is in our midst! Last week G. shared that she had been thinking about where she was 10 years ago. She was institutionalized and without hope. Today she is living her life. She said she did not know where she would be without God in her life. It was the sweetest testimony I have heard in my life. The room broke into applause, applause for God and his greatness and applause for our friend who is such a gift to us all. No amount of saxophone rifts can create that kind of moment!
Elections and terrorist’s deaths can never create the excitement of one soul touched by God. I think that when G. finished her testimony that I heard applause in Heaven.