The story has begun to be written and it is filling in nicely. The people in our lives are becoming co-characters on the journey God has for us all. Just this past week, I was having a conversation and it turned to the topic of the missionary work we want to do. We began to explore the idea of a support team. As we discussed, we learned from one another and just as one takes the brush and gently wafts away the dirt on an old buried bone, the core idea behind people supporting us became clear.
Allison and I never thought that this would be the life that we would live, so the thoughts of this journey are all new. A few months ago when we opened the pages of this story, well actually about 2 years ago, but when the pen hit the first page it was all new. This time has been full of thoughts, insecurity, and humility. If you want to learn about yourself, the image that you have of yourself, ask people to join you, to support you. The bone that the brush made was more clear this past week; God is doing the work and it is His work. We are not just here and we are not just on this journey for our own purposes. The people who pray for us, who financially give to us, are all part of a team that God has risen up. This may sound simple, but when the bone goes from dirty and an outline to a clear bright structure, it makes all the difference.
Yes we may be moving to the hood, we may be the boots on the ground, but I will tell you the team of people that God has risen up are doing more work than us. We love Jesus, have received an inheritance from God, accepted the greatest gift ever given and yet struggle to ask and accept gifts from people. From the depths of our hearts we cannot thank those that have joined this team enough. Emotions that stream from our eyes and shine from our mouths will never be enough, but the thanks will have to suffice until Christ returns and the Father proclaims “well done good and faithful servants.”