I’m inspired by people who say yes to Jesus.
Sometimes I’m also intimidated.
That’s how I felt a few weeks ago listening to a humble young woman speak. She and her husband traveled to India and made their life there. They lifted women out of oppression, loving these women tangibly through the gospel and by offering jobs with dignity.
They lived there for a few years. It was the only life that their children knew.
One day they packed up to travel to the U.S. to spend it with family. They brought a small suitcase for each of them, and a backpack, because after all they would be gone only a week.
When they went arrived back in India, they were denied entrance. Turned away. Their nonprofit had been labeled as “coercive” under India’s new conversion laws.
They were devastated.
Everything they owned was in India. Their nonprofit business was in India. They mourned what would happen to the women who worked for them.
Their hearts were in India, and they were shattered by the decision.
Several months later, they are still unable to go “home.”
Stories like this might make us feel that taking a huge step of faith, or saying yes to God, doesn’t make sense. After all, we should have a perfect ending. It should all go well. Doors should fly open. We should walk through them with ease.
The Gospel never told us that saying yes equals a life of ease. It said that we would partner with God to ease the hearts of others.
Maybe for a season.
Always for a reason.
This is where I grappled in my faith as I went on my own Come With Me journey. It’s where I started to pray a little differently than before.
Rather than pray, “God, open a door,” I prayed, “God, give me the tenacity to keep going when the door seems closed.”
Rather than pray, “God, make this easy,” I started to pray, “God, give me peace as I trust you.”
This is revolutionary prayer.
The young woman who longed to be in India said something profound. She said, “Faith is not God saying yes to our every desire. It’s saying yes to Him over and over again, no matter where that leads us. When we do that, we are exactly where we need to be at the moment.”
I wrote that down. It’s something I want to remember always.
Faith is simply saying yes to God over and over again. #ComeWithMe #13thdisciple http://ctt.ec/C5fbr+
I don’t know where you are, or where you want to be, but I know this. If you are saying yes to God and you aren’t where you think you should be, hang tight. There’s something that God is doing right where you are.
If you feel God asking you to step out in faith, and you’ve held back because of fear — take that step. I don’t know where that will lead you, but if he’s the one leading you, there’s growth ahead.
Perhaps this is the greatest transformation that is taking place in this girl’s heart.
There’s places I want to go, and things I want to do. There’s results I hope to see.
He’s taking my eyes off of all of that and putting them back on him.
All he asks of any of us is to listen for his voice, and say yes.
Over and over again.
Day 6 of 21 Days to Revolutionary Prayer
Right where you are.
If he said take a step of faith, then take it. You don’t have to understand or see the whole picture. You don’t have to have it engraved and underscored and spelled out. One step. That’s all God asks of us. Say yes to it, and then yes to the next step.
If you are saying yes, and you aren’t where you want to be, say yes to whatever he is offering today. Take your eyes off of tomorrow and invite him to show you what he’s teaching you today.
Say yes today, and again tomorrow.
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