Today I want to introduce you to my big sister, Carol, and to share with you a powerful piece she graciously penned just for this post.
And now, for Carol ...
GOING WITH GOD
Have you ever been asked to share what you believe to be God's purpose for your life? Or, have you ever been on the receiving end of questions about your goals for the coming year?
I believe it's important that we have goals and plans, so I don't want to give you the wrong impression as I proceed. But what I've discovered in my own life is that many of my former thoughts in this regard were flawed and short-sighted. Allow me to explain.
When my husband and I first moved to Mexico I was asked how long I thought we would live there. Without hesitation I answered, as if I were an expert on God’s timing, "Not more than a year.” I have now lived in Mexico for 12 years.
Now when people ask me that question, my answer is: “I simply don’t know.” That is very difficult to admit sometimes. In fact, it can sound rather flakey to those who want an explanation of the Lord’s agenda for my life. For me, the not knowing has become the adventure of living a life of liberty. It is through faith in Him, and in knowing and trusting Him, that I relish His plans and purposes for my life. I can be content knowing, or not knowing.
Given the fact that I didn't speak Spanish, I remember questioning the Lord about the advisement of moving to Mexico. His answer then, as now, continues to be a compelling force in my life: “Carol, the language of the kingdom of God is not English or Spanish. The language of the kingdom of God is love. Go love my people.”
Even though these 12 years have lapsed without having become fluent in Spanish, I watch in utter amazement as the Lord prepares the way. Not only has He provided interpreters, but so much more besides. He has faithfully met every other necessity in my life, affirming His good purposes and plans.
Learning to place my every expectation in Him has bought me such great joy! It allows me to live out the amazing life He's granted; and it allows me to go out not knowing where I am going. I have come to see how normal that is. Therefore, I am absolutely content to be led by His hand of grace to places already prepared for me to minister and to make Him known; places that include churches, prisons, orphanages and local television.
Without any doubt, I believe He who has begun a work of adventure in my life will complete it according to His plans, not mine.