During our time at both Cherry’s and Make Your Mark’s ministries in Addis Ababa we heard from those whom God used to start each ministry in order to do the work He had raised them up for. I was personally moved as beginning a ministry of some sort has been something God has been putting on my heart over the past few months.
I have struggled lately to be still enough to listen. While I desire to obey His commands and my heart is ready to do His work, I can’t help but find myself constantly distracted as I seek to provide solutions I develop on my own. In many instances I’ve found myself so eager to help and take immediate action that I know I am getting ahead of God; rather than doing the work He has set aside and appointed me to do, my attempts to help and to solve problems in my own strength has ultimately been interfering with His plans. Fortunately, God is faithful and patient and He has gently reminded me again and again throughout the past few months to stop impulsively jumping in to problem situations in an attempt to solve them myself, and rather to consult Him first before moving to action from there. He reminded me of that again today in a very clear way.
In both Cherry’s and Carmen’s (Make Your Mark) testimony, they shared how their ministries began with one particular person. Just one person in a situation that God orchestrated into their lives and worked from there. As I spoke with Carmen about the beginnings of Make Your Mark, I knew that God was speaking to me through her and urging me to do the same for the homeless ministry I believe He is calling me to. His encouragement has been not to attempt to solve the problem of homelessness through the mobilization of resources, but rather through intentional relationship and the sharing of His love. And that starts with one. Just one. Just one person in a difficult situation that I can love and share God’s promises with. I’m beginning to understand and trust that He’ll take it from there and know that it will be exceedingly greater than any sort of solution I could have devised on my own. I don’t need to think of clever ways to solve the problem of homelessness in my community— I just need to start by obeying God’s directions to me and sharing His love with just one person struggling and living in homelessness. That’s certainly something I can do and He can take it from there. What an encouragement that is not only for me but I hope to all of you who might be reading this today. We can all start with just one!
I’ll finish with this. Dave led a devotion this morning in which he randomly assigned us verses of scriptures and the one given to me couldn’t be more applicable:
As for God, His way is perfect. The word of the Lord is proven; He is a refuge to all who abide in Him. (2 Samuel 22:31 and Psalm 18:30)
Let us all abide in Him today.