Trusting in God's plan means that there will be times when I have to wait for that plan to unfold. Times when I need to take small steps of obedience instead of running full steam ahead. So often I think I have God's plan all figured out and I know what's going to happen next. In those times it's easy to ignore the little signs that God's plan isn't what I thought it was going to be.
We embarked on the FCA journey over 3 years ago. It has been a very slow process to get funding and grow the ministry. At times we have doubted that FCA was God's plan for our family. During those times, we've given those doubts to God and he has shown us just a little bit more of His plan. Not the whole plan...but enough to show us the next step to take.
Six months ago, we began a new journey. We began the application process to become full-time missionaries with ABWE. As the process moved along, God began opening some amazing opportunities for FCA as well as providing new donors and financial partners. We began to wonder what God was doing.
During this time our pastor preached a message on Nehemiah that was like God was speaking directly to me. He said, "Before you go out to accomplish anything for God, you need to spend time on your knees clarifying what God is calling you to do." So that's what I did. I began praying and asking God to reveal His plan. I also asked God to purify my heart and remove any negative attitudes that I was carrying about the ministry. I then waited on God's answer.
Some answers came quickly. God revealed that he is not done with our involvement in the Greater Dayton FCA. The rain that we've been preparing for is here. So many opportunities have come flooding in that we can barely keep up with them all. We still have a heart for Nicaragua and hope to one day serve there full-time if that's part of God's plan. However, those are things that God will reveal to us in His timing.
For now we will take small steps of obedience everyday and wait on God's timing for what comes next. God has been so faithful to hear us and answer us when we call out to him. While it's not easy to wait and it can be scary to walk into the unknown, I know that God is in control. Trusting in Him and His plan is the only thing that can bring true joy and peace in the unknown.
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