Last week, I talked to a missionary couple that my family is good friends with. If you didn’t know, I want to be a missionary, and I believe that is God’s calling for my life.
These missionaries have been on the field for years, and I trust their advice, so I asked them to do a little interview with me. Sometimes, what missionaries actually do can seem nebulous to me, so it was great to get some facts and practical wisdom from them.
Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. – Proverbs 19:20
A few things they said really struck me, one of which was that they were told by a missionary recruiter that, fresh out of college and excited to serve, they were not ready to be missionaries. They ended up working at a church in America for a while, gaining experience, then eventually they began deputation and went to the field.
They later realized that the recruiter was correct – they hadn’t been ready for the field by a long shot! God has since used them to grow an incredible ministry, and he knew what he was doing every step of the way.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. – Psalm 37:23
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get impatient with God. I feel that I’m not useful to him doing certain things I deem “unimportant.” God, why are you having me do this? I could do a lot more for your kingdom without fill-in-the-blank.
But I must remember that all work glorifies God. As long as I’m in his plan for my life, though day-to-day tasks may seem unimportant, I’ll be able to look back and see how God knew exactly what he was doing every day. Everything will work out for the best for everyone if I stick to God’s plan.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. – 1 Corinthians 2:9
I’m trying to be patient, and to remember that it’s a wonder God wants to use me at all! He could totally do it without me, but he chooses to work with me and help me learn about him, myself, and the world.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. – James 1:4
Are you ever impatient with God?
How have you seen God work things out better than you could have?