Bravery: Dominican Diaries pt 1

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preface: On July 10th, I left for the mission trip I had been waiting for since 2013. A huge thank you to everyone who supported me financially and spiritually. I wouldn’t have been brave enough to accept this calling or equipped enough to embark on this trip to the DR without each prayer and donation. Thank you so so much to everyone who helped make this happen.

Santa Domingo Airport

July 11th

“People who really want to make a difference in the world usually do it, in one way or another. And I’ve noticed something about people who make a difference in the world: They hold the unshakable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters. They get excited over one smile. They are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren’t determined to revolutionize the world all at once; they’re satisfied with small changes. Over time, though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities and nations, and yes, the world.”- Beth Clark, Kisses from Katie

So we just landed, and I’ve never felt more uncomfortable in my life.

Overwhelmed is an understatement.

Overwhelmed doesn’t even begin to cover it.

And I wonder if this is how Jesus felt: overwhelmed with the task God had given Him, unprepared, unequipped, with eyes glaring from every plausible angle– eyes that didn’t understand or want to understand what He was trying to do.

Even just trying to order food in the airport in a language I’ve never attempted to speak in my life scared me out of my wits, and it made me wonder how on earth I can evangelize to people living in conditions that are unimaginable to Americans like us.

But that must have been how Noah felt when God asked for an ark, when God asked him for patience and obedience in what seemed like an insane circumstance.

That must have been how David felt when God asked him to trust His plan when every one he ever trusted tried to betray him, when God asked him to lead a people who hated him.

So I’ll obey God like Noah and David did. I’ll obey God because He’s asked me to do this just like He asked Noah and David to be brave and obey His calling.

I’ll obey God because He’s been faithful too many times for me to ever doubt Him, and I’ll let Him make a Noah and David out of little me.

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