It has been a while since I have written. There is no particular reason other than having so much to write about and finding the time to actually write it- on top of more things happening that I want to write about!
If I pick up where I left off on my last post, I was living in Colorado Springs, taking on task after task that was thrown my way. Well, while living there, I had this opportunity to go to New Zealand. Sounds crazy right? Well it was!
was excited to fly. To go abroad and see something I have never seen before, meet people I have never met before, and learn things I never thought I would. This amazing opportunity was a once and a lifetime opportunity.
Yes, New Zealand is just as beautiful as everyone dreams it to be. And it’s true, “the Shire” from The Lord of the Rings looks just like it does in the movies. The mountains are topped with snow in the distance and the land leading up to it is a sea of green grass with lots of roaming sheep. It’s one of those places that you stop and think “God, you are so creative”. Besides sightseeing, we had an opportunity to attend a Pro-Life conference and help make a promo video for it (see the video on the bottom for more details).
I do not have any crazy stories like I did on my previous out of the country trip to Southeast Asia, but after getting back to Colorado, I do have some takeaways that might benefit anyone and everyone who desires to live for the Lord.
Upon arriving back to the states, an organization (also located in Colorado Springs) had a week long missions conference going on. While I could not attend every session everyday, I did make it to the most I could. Being there, among like-minded people about missions work was incredible and confirmed the reason the Lord opened the door for me to go to New Zealand.
You see, as I may have mentioned to you personally before, or maybe you do not even know me at all, I have an interest in missions. I feel called to go to the depths of the unreached and proclaim the Truth of the Gospel. When the door opened for me to go to New Zealand, I was unsure whether that door was for me or not. I feel called to the 10/40 Window. I feel called to the nations of Asia. And New Zealand is not Asia.
However, the Lord provided and I went. At first, I wasn’t too sure what to think. I was having a hard time accepting that I was in New Zealand not some Southeast Asian country. Now, don’t get me wrong, I was super excited to go to New Zealand- who wouldn’t be?! I was just questioning why I was there when my heart is somewhere else.
It wasn’t until I got back to Colorado that I learned this.
God wanted me to learn to be indispensable.
He wanted me to learn that He can take me anywhere, for any price, for any reason. Maybe the Lord didn’t take me to New Zealand for missions reasons, but thinking that He couldn’t get me there because it’s not “where I’m called to” is putting God in a box.
Who am I to tell the Lord who created all things and orders creation where I am called to?
Please tell me that I am not the only one that has done this. We have this tendency, as humans, to try to take things into our own hands. We try to make something a part of our will. We act like “know-it-alls”, forgetting who the omniscient one is.
Even though Jeremiah says “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord…”(29.11). Even though Proverbs tells us to “trust in the Lord with all your heart…” (3.5-7). Isaiah says “remember the former things of old; for I am God and there is no other; I am God and there is none like me…” (46.9).
We have a hard time understanding what God is up to when He opens the door for us to do something we never expected Him to do. We let our earthly minds forget that “his ways are higher than our ways” (Isaiah 55.8-9).
Sometimes we pray and pray and ask the Lord to show us what He wants us to do, but when He does we deny that it is Him. We deny that it is truly the Lord calling us to do it and that we are capable of it.
Church, friends, family, and blog readers, how can we be indispensable when we do not even believe in the greater things the Lord can call us to do?
Indispensable means (according to dictionary.com) “absolutely necessary” or “essential”
We are called to be that in the eyes of the Lord. Think about it, Moses was indispensable. Even though at first he refused to go and believe he was the one the Lord wanted to use to free the people of slavery in Egypt, he was still necessary and essential to God’s plan in setting the Israelites free (Exodus 3-4.17).
I don’t know about you, but I want to be ready to say yes to God when He wants to use me. I want to know the Father’s heart so that I can be used by Him when He sees it necessary.
I like to think of the woman at Bethany with the alabaster flask of ointment. That was all she had. That was her life’s inheritance. It was an expensive flask of ointment and she broke it on the head of Jesus. She was ready. She was being indispensable. She gave it all to Jesus in that very moment. (Matthew 26.6-13).
I want to be like that. I want to be so giving towards Jesus that when He calls and when He appoints, I am ready to give it my all.
I want to be indispensable.
How is God calling you to be indispensable? Are you ready to break your alabaster flask of ointment and give it all to Jesus like the woman of Bethany?
I took that step this summer and had an amazing experience in New Zealand.
Check out this video I made summarizing my trip to New Zealand (I apologize for the watermark as I am not really a videographer and do not have software to make videos!)