So how’s your summer been? Have you had a chance to throw off your usual schedule for a chance to rest and play? I hope so. Rest and play do a body and brain good.
For me, the past four weeks have given me a gift—the opportunity to experience God’s help in new ways.
First, my hubby and I had the privilege of leading a volunteer mission team to Romania where we served youth and young adults living with life-threatening diseases. Two days before that camp ended, we turned over our leadership role to a trusted Canadian couple and then flew to Berlin where we met a second team as they arrived from North America.
With no time to catch our breath between teams, we drove with this group into Poland where we hosted a weeklong evangelistic English-learning camp. The camp schedule was rigorous for staff—up early for prayer meeting, teach an English class, facilitate a Bible lesson, prepare for the next day’s lessons, hike, teach crafts, counsel with those who hurt, play group games, enjoy a fellowship time each evening, and more. We fell into bed around midnight only to rise again and repeat the next day. In the midst of this, I caught a cold and then developed an eye infection.
Also in the midst of this, I experienced peace. And joy. And a dose of divine strength. For the first time in nine years of doing these annual outreaches, I didn’t feel exhausted. I didn’t feel as though I had to hide in my room for a few minutes every day to refresh and recover before returning to those I’d come to serve. I didn’t feel drained when camp ended.
For the first time in nine years, I think I’m finally discovering what it means to do life in God’s strength and not my own. It’s hard even to describe except to say that God’s done a turnabout in my thinking.
“Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him and he will help you,” says Psalm 37:5. Indeed He will.
I committed my ministry to the LORD and He helped me. This year I said no to stressing over teaching English effectively, and guess what? Lesson plans fell easily into place, and I had a blast with my class. I also said no to stressing over an ever-changing schedule (due to weather issues mostly), and I was able to roll with the flow.
Now I’m home and preparing to travel to Nepal in 20 days. Another three weeks of ministry in a foreign culture lie ahead. Again, I’m committing everything to the LORD. I’m trusting Him to help me, and He will because He always keeps His promise.
How about you? For what do you need the Lord’s help? Maybe you’re facing a move before the summer ends. Or you’re starting a new job. Maybe you’re dealing with health issues. Or wondering how to respond to a difficult family relationship.
May I encourage you today with God’s truth? Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.
“Jesus, thank You for your presence and power at work in our lives. Please surround my friends with assurance of Your promises today. Help them to release their fears and concerns to You, and to commit everything they do to You. Give them the faith to trust You to work out the details on their behalf. Be their help and strength today. Amen.”
Know you are loved,
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