About a month ago, I was talking with a friend who shared that when she was 16 years old, she prayed the prayer “Send me, I’ll go.” Now, she looks back at her young, naive self and realizes she had no idea what she was getting herself into. She probably would have still said that prayer, but her eyes are open now that she serves in Africa.
Then I think about our journey here. We never imagined or dreamed that God would call us overseas. We never imagined that we would become missionaries. We never really even thought we were saying the prayer “Here I am, send me.” But we were open to God‘s leading, even if it was through doors we knew nothing about. We said yes. That doesn’t make us special, maybe just a little crazy. =)
As I have been praying about the women’s discipleship group that started in January, and as I was lifting my role up to the Lord, I feel humbled and honored to serve in this capacity. But once again, there’s nothing special about me. I just said “Yes” and have prayed that God would work in my weakness. I feel so ill-equipped to lead village women in a culture not my own in a group that is completely different than anything they have ever experienced. So I am relying on 2 Corinthians 12:9-10:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
When God puts something on your heart, will you say okay? God doesn’t call the extraordinary, he calls the ordinary. While I am humbled and honored to serve in Uganda, I realize that I’m just doing what God has asked me to do. It’s my life serving Him – it’s that simple.