The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121:8
I have a cross-shaped plaque hanging on my door jamb. Cut out in the center is the name of Jesus. Each time I use my key in my latch, it reminds me He is with me in my going out and my coming in. Yesterday the wind whistled through the corridor to my apartment. I noticed the plaque had flipped around backward. God, once again, sent me a message.
I wish I could say I know my Bible forward and backward, but I can state I recognize Jesus forward and backward. I don’t just mean by reading His name on the cut-out plaque near my front door. I mean in life.
I have learned over the years, backed by Scripture and experience, that God is already in my future and He is preparing me for it. But, if I’m honest, I most often see Him backward.
They say hindsight is 20/20. I agree. It is always easier to see God’s movement in my life from the rearview mirror. The evening after, or a few days later it thunks my brain. Ah – okay. That was You, Lord. That serendipity was orchestrated by You alone to encourage me, correct my path, or confirm I am in Your will and am headed in the right direction. It always leave me with a tingly warmth that spreads from my heart into my tear ducts.
Sometimes it takes months or years before I see it. But eventually, I do. Often, it makes me drop to my knees.
I hope, as I journey through this life, I can now see Him more forwardly and trust more in His guidance. Here comes the test of that…
Being accepted into the mission field is a leap of faith. I have always resisted the idea of being a missionary, but He had other plans.
No, I am not off to Cambodia or Africa. My mission field is in cyberspace and I am traveling via my keyboard. But the work is just as valid. Souls are being won and hearts are being touched. I am humbled to be asked by Campus Crusades for Christ Canada through The Life Project to come onboard as a writer and editor. It has been a long discerning and vetting process. But as with any missionary, I must raise my own salary.
ButI go forward in faith believing that the time, income and words will be there. And looking back, I know He has prepared me for this effort over the past seven years. To Him be the honor and glory.
Already, God is bringing forth partners in prayer and funding, mostly from friends and a few family members. I know He will continue to do that and people only He could bring forward will join me. Some I may not even know yet. Scary, but cool to consider.
If you want to know more, here is a quick video: https://vimeo.com/147793848. If, after discussing it with our Lord, you feel called to support me in prayer or funding, comment and I’ll get in touch. Thanks.
Looking back on my life, I see Him in it, and so I boldly go forward…