Monday, June 27, 2011

A Day in the Life…Overseas Training

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We begin the day not unsimilar to the many who get their kids off to day care on their way to work.  Except, very thankfully, we are able to have our little loves at the same place we are while we undergo our training.

But the usual hurriedness greets us—if only I could learn and grow and discipline myself to wake up and focus on Him…but, who am I kidding?, the flurry of out-the-door can disrupt even the deepest serenityWinking smile

Then we begin to open ourselves up to realities that seem surreal to many of us.  Though we’ve done much of the uprooting and traveling and communicating the vision of the call overseas, now we are asked to take a microscope and look at the minutia of what that life will be.

Today it was…

Rest…Sabbath.  Ahhhhh….learning the Rest of God.  Essential to ANYTHING TRUE for the LONG HAUL!

Gaining Awareness in how deeply contextualized our sharing of the Gospel, of our Savior, is.  How we can think we are talking about the same things but really each person’s core is hidden below layers of which the outer is often what speaks the words…and then add communication across languages.  Heart Lesson:  I need a spirit of wisdom and revelation to know a Jesus who is:

 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. ~Ephesians 1:17-23

and makes a way through me to make Himself known among the nations!

As an American, even when I think I’m helping someone to improve their living situation, if it’s not a matter of life of death, I may actually be offending them because my value of ‘progress’ is blinding me to their value of ‘compliance’ or contentment with things as they are, instead of needing to improve everything! (you know I agree with you, progress is good, but is it more important than loving someone cross-culturally?)

And ending the day with some post-dinner role playing.  Helping students in our ministry facing very real cultural, familial, religious dilemmas—like what it is to lead a new believer through a growth in conscience that may ultimately take him away from all practice of his family’s traditional religion or somehow to respectfully enter for the purpose of winning them.  Any journey will be lonely and while they may come to believe as he does, they may also very well disown him. 

I broke down in tears as I imagined the above and being face-to-face with a new believer who may lose all he’s held most dear to follow Jesus:

“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

~Matthew 10: 37-39

And having now just gotten the kids to bed, I will prepare my ‘Life Map’…Life Story to be shared with some new dear friends who I already love and who already love me and who want to hear it…though the telling will take a part of me…

And that was just today…we’ve been developing a language plan for us and an education plan for our children (that includes their language plan), are being led into the stripping bare, laying down our false selves and so much more that is this journey.

Truly a BLESSING…truly taking all of us, but isn’t that always the case with the worthy journey?

Praise You, Great God of this Whole Wide World:

  • That for that Day, YOU are gathering from every ‘kindred, tribe and tongue’ and so we (all) go.
  • That we are a part of this plan, in this place, and with so many walking similar paths.
  • That YOU are the only Anchor that will sustain.
  • That YOU are the River we must plant by.
  • That YOU are the ONE who goes before.
  • That YOU make a way to love the FAR in Your Name that Honors Your Name!
  • That there will be hard journeys for those we love along the way.
  • That they may lose all…ALL they’ve ever loved to follow YOU.
  • That we can trust YOU to write their story…and it is good.
  • For all that this past week has been:
    • For the aching hearts I love and my own.
    • For the missing so much and ONLY YOU can uphold.
    • For the beloved twin who’s lost two mothers.
    • For the beloved brother who’s lost two mothers.
    • For the 11 nieces and nephews that have no blood grandma’s.
    • For YOU who writes each of their stories and it is good.
    • For getting sick on Friday…
    • For a clear path to enter into the webcast Memorial Service on Saturday
    • For how the being sick gave me peace about not being there.
    • For priceless hubby nursing me and son with a fever.
    • For how son had changes in his day care here and they were hard.
    • For the reminders that you write his story and it is good.
    • For YOU, eyes on YOU.
    • For celebrating being better by going to Rocky Mountain National Park.
    • For beauty…too much to take in.
    • For putt-putt the precious loves loved with snow-capped mountains in the backdrop.
    • For drives up mountains that caused panic for this fear of heights woman.
    • For YOU. Your peace. and the reminders that I am weak.
    • For making it to snow and loving to play in it.
    • For beauty in my heart gazing at the snow caps…
    • For baby girl konking out on the way home
    • For son learning to be thankful and getting to help himSmile
  • For Your Gifts RAINING DOWN…
  • For a giddy heart to end this IN GREAT JOY
  • For the END only being the BEGINNING!
  • For the BEST ALWAYS, ALWAYS, BLESSEDLY ALWAYS…YET TO COME!!!!!!!

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