The adventure of a lifetime. Riding in an SUV through the mountains of Nepal, looking ahead, seeing this rocky river rushing towards us in all its terrifying beauty. I didn’t know which way we were supposed go. Fortunately, I wasn’t in the driver’s seat. We made it to the other side, after our driver moved some big obstacles out of our way and carefully put the right rocks under our tires for traction. He was calm and cool as the vehicle slipped and slided. As we laughed and shouted. Until finally, we all exhaled in relief and jubilation. What a story we’ll have to tell! But chances are, our words won’t do it justice. Nevertheless, we tell the story because it is amazing!
Recently, like many of you, Phil and I encountered a crossroads. There was a choice. A beautiful opportunity in front of us, to go to a new place where we could serve the Lord. A more comfortable place. A bigger job. And somewhere we have always dreamed of exploring.
We started seeking the Lord and wondering, does He really care which way we go? Both places are good — stay in Nepal and serve the Lord here or go to this new place, to serve the Lord there. Couldn’t God simply bless either choice. So we asked God to show us His way, if there was a particular direction and one morning he gave us this scripture:
“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17
It was clear, God wanted to ‘direct us in the way we should go’ … but which way was it? We talked for hours. Circled around countless scenarios. Really used our brains. Until they hurt and we were exhausted. And another scripture came:
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
We prayed for guidance. Direction. Faith to believe. Phil fasted. And I prayed in communion with a friend. Then, it happened. God got our attention. A massive Trade for Freedom order came through that blew our minds away. And accompanying it, came a message from a stranger saying:
“I know it is hard and you may want to leave, but hold fast. The reward is great.”
You may want to leave, but hold fast. Don’t leave yet. Stay. As we read the message, we laughed. We knew it was from the Lord. God spoke to us through a complete stranger, directing us in the way we should go.
So, we’re on this terrifyingly beautiful journey. We’re not in the driver’s seat. God is directing us. He’s making the way. We’re just holding tight, along for the ride. Enjoying what we can, when we can. And trying to tell the story. Trying to give God all the glory! He is amazing.