Monday morning, July 8th, 2013. I’ve been up since 5:30. Typically, I’m not an early riser but today is different. As I sit and drink my coffee, I thought it might be nice to jot down my thoughts to you. Thursday, July 11th at 12:55 pm, I fly out from Huntsville International, to Chicago O’Hare, London and then finally Bucharest, Romania. It will take us nearly 24 hours to arrive at our final destination – Comanesti, Romania; Friday evening.
This will actually be my fifth year to go. It’s hard to believe – really. Today, I’m almost as nervous as the first time I went, back in 2009. Some might say “nerves” are a sign of weakness or maybe even a lack of faith in God. What can I say, I’m human. I think these people would be right to some extent but then again, maybe nerves are a sign of our awareness of complete and utter dependency on the LORD to accomplish anything good. I suppose if I went with all the confidence in myself, I would be sorely reminded very quickly of my place in the scheme of things. Honestly, I’ve made that mistake before and the LORD, in His love (believe it or not) is bound by His Word to keep me humble and in complete submission. Being “brought down from your high horse” is not a subject that is pleasant to reminisce.
I think back on a spring morning back in 2009. I got up, poured my self a cup of coffee and sat down with the LORD. That morning was a little different than other mornings. I could feel God stirring something in my heart. I just had no idea at the time what it was. I happened to be studying the book of Philippians at the time and was enraptured that day with Phillipians 2:6-8,
“Who, (Jesus) being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!”
Then I found myself in Psalm 116:6-14:
“The LORD protects the simple-hearted; when I was in great need, he saved me. Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you. For you, O LORD, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the LORD in the land of the living. I believed; therefore I said, “I am greatly afflicted.” And in my dismay I said, “All men are liars.” How can I REPAY the LORD for all His goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD. I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all His people.”
With deep emotion, I made a vow that morning that I was willing to do whatever He called me to do to “repay” Him for all His kindness towards me. I told him I was willing to humble myself, even unto death.” I documented all these thoughts in my journal. Later that morning, I was asked to go to Romania and testify to others about what He had done in my life. Scared? That is an understatement. I was amazed at how quickly the LORD was “cashing in” on my vow! 🙂 And I’ve never been the same since. The picture I have posted means so much to me. This dear woman was the very first woman that I spoke with that year. She became a believer. So I think of her today and I praise God.
My primary role on these mission trips has always been to work in evangelism; however; a strange request came my way this year. I was asked by the team leader to work in eyeglasses. Typically, I’ve been one of the people to sit down and share the gospel with people. Well this year, evangelism is not what God has called me to do, per say. I’ve been asked to set up an eyeglass table and administer glasses to those in need. Truthfully, my initial thought was disappointment. I thought, “how could I possibly do something I’ve never thoroughly done before?” I questioned in my mind if this task was my area of giftedness. But immediately, the spirit of God reminded me
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