A friend of mine has arrived in Cameroon on a mission trip for six months. I can’t imagine stepping out like that. And when I was her age, my courage came from a bottle, not from God.
When I see someone like Geri go to Africa based on God’s will, I feel inferior. Am I not a good Christian if I say “I could never do that”? When someone asks if I’d be able to go that far for God, it’s easy to sit back in my recliner and say “Sure I would.” After all, that’s the Christian response. It might be a whole different decision if I were actually asked to do it.
Verse Proverbs 3:5-6 reads, Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Putting your faith and trust in God is easy when everything is going well. It’s easy when God has given you a nice house and a good job. But what if He were to ask you to quit your job, get rid of your home, and move to Africa for a year? How about two years?
I’d like to think I’d say, “Sure. Light my way.” But I know it would mean leaving both my daughters and going to someplace I’m unfamiliar with. Then of course, there’s the luxury of possibly not having indoor plumbing. To me camping is a nightmare. This would probably be worse.
Cameroon is lucky to get Geri. I know she’ll be a blessing to the children she’ll be teaching. I just wish at times I had that type of faith. I know that putting your faith in God is something of great strength. Sometimes it’s not easy, but with God you can do anything.
See you in six months Geri.