I never really thought that I should write a blog about my life as a Christian person, in fact, most of the past several years were mostly spent trying NOT to talk about my life as a Christian – a lot of conflict comes with that. So, I’m not going to use this blog to “preach at you” because, frankly, I’m not a preacher.
I am, however, going to share my journey with this awesome organization that I’m part of, and how it’s changing my life for the better.
I started working with Mercy Ships about 4 months ago, and just yesterday I realized that I’m here. Yeah, I’ve been working here, and I’ve even started to dread the hour commute each way; so I have known that I’m here, but I mean I’m really here.
God brought me here, and met me where I was at at the time He called me. I’ll explain what I mean…
This is the first week of a major training class that Mercy Ships does for their long-term volunteers and employees. Yesterday was the Personal Support Raising Seminar, which is how we, as missionaries, learn how to raise support – whether prayer, monetary, or otherwise. It was kind of weird for me to be there, in a way, because Mercy Ships pays me, and the others raise their own support.
So, two things happened:
- I learned that God met Brian and I where we were at when he called me here. He knew that our relationship would not have been okay with me raising money to work somewhere – who does that?! I would have been okay with it, I think, but Brian definitely wouldn’t have been. I get to say that because I’m the one writing this.
I’m pretty sure He’s leading me to something much bigger, but He never gives us more than we can handle. I believe that.
- I learned that I should read the entire word when I come across a hyphenated word in scripture. I was reading Luke 8:1-3 for the class. Apparently Mary Magdalene had MOR-mons possessing her, rather than DE-mons. Auto-correct of the mind, a slip of the tongue, and I’ve become famous for a day.
Seriously, though. Yesterday was inspirational, and I’m really starting to think that I can do this. Sure, this organization is full of people, and we’re just that: people. But we’re here for a purpose – and it’s a BIG deal. I’m here.