By Allison Sonnier
Three years ago I boarded a plane for my first trip to Ethiopia. I had no idea at the time that it was the first of many. God had plans for my life far beyond what I had imagined. As I’ve been packing and preparing to leave in two days, I’ve been reflecting on His goodness.
Not too long ago I let anxiety rule my life and dictate my decisions. I said yes to that first Ethiopia trip, because I clearly heard the voice of God calling me. When God calls, you don’t say no. Well, sometimes we try, right? But really, it doesn’t make any sense to say no. He calls us for a reason and with a purpose, not only for His plans to impact others but also for His plans to shape us. Have you experienced this in your life?
It might have seemed easier to say no than to step out of my comfort zone. It might have been easier to let all the excuses pile up: I have four young children at home, I homeschool, I have responsibilities I can’t leave behind for twelve days, I, I, I, I…
If I would have kept my eyes on myself and my excuses, I would have missed out on so much. There is literally nothing better than leading someone to the Lord. Watching someone accept Christ as his savior is hands down the best experience we can possibly have on this earth. I’ve seen rooms full of people pray to receive the Lord, I’ve prayed over men and women to be healed, I’ve prayed over possessed and pressed people and watched as demons fled their bodies.
These moments have impacted people for eternity. For ETERNITY.
There is no excuse in the world that outweighs work done for the Kingdom of God. To think that He uses us in His work and allows us to be a part of His miracles, it’s truly humbling. He has a plan for you and for me!
Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
I’m not the same, anxious girl I was a few years ago.
Philippians 1:6 – “Being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
I am thankful that God is still working on me and that He has called me to Ethiopia. Two days and counting!