Archive for January, 2012

Trusting in the LORD

Posted: January 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

  Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.”

                                                      Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

This is a passage of scripture that is well known and loved by many and I believe most clearly defines where Mel and I are currently at on this journey. In fact, I don’t know if we will ever leave this place. This is the place of our strength; a place of dependency, trust and knowing Him. We are in a season of constant change and the only thing that remains stable and constant is Christ himself. He is our anchor and peace. Not to say that stepping out into the unknown is a bad or scary thing,but on the contrary it is an opportunity to see Him strong and faithful on our behalf. We don’t know peace until we are surrounded by storms and ambiguity  :  )

Things are in constant change and it appears as if this will be what life in Guatemala looks like. For instance here is just one of the changes that have occurred in the last couple of weeks… God, in His wisdom relocated our initial living situation to Antigua, GUA.. This is where we will be going to language school for the 1st 3-6 months. As many of you know we planned on living in Villa Nueva for that time period and commuting 50 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Through circumstances outside of our control, God closed the door to Villa Nueva and opened a door to live in Antigua. In hindsight this is a very common sense direction and the provision of God, because Mel and I are not proficient enough in Spanish to live on our own in a place like Villa Nueva. So thanks be to God! Who makes our path clear before us as we walk forward in obedience.

We believe this experience of change is a  foreshadow of our life and ministry in Guatemala; we will be regularly directed by His Spirit. We will not be able to live by what we seen or “lean on our own understanding”. It is only as we listen to God; really seek His direction moment by moment that we will have that clear path. It is only as we “acknowledge Him” or know Him in all things, that “He will direct our paths”.

So as we are in the middle of realizing the new world we are stepping into, we would like to share our expectations for this 1st season of our time in Guatemala.

1) Expect to lose our agenda. “Flexible” is key… Those who are from Guatemala or have been there know exactly what I’m talking about… For those who haven’t, it means plans change and people are more important than projects… No agenda is rock solid, but God’s.

2) Expect God to do in one moment of His grace what we couldn’t achieve in a thousand years of our striving. This is where He wants us to dwell; in expectation, humility and dependency. The reason most people don’t experience Kingdom power is because they don’t walk before Him as little children. We know we are weak, but we know He is big, strong and has endless provision.

3) Expect God to clarify our path through relationships. We had a spiritual father from Living Faith share with us a picture God had given him about our “path” in Guatemala. He said, “I saw a path with stones along the edges and these stones will clarify your path”. When He had mentioned these stones I knew in my spirit that these were “living stones” (disciples of Jesus) and that we would be directed through Spirit led relationships. We will focus on building and developing relationships with with the key people whom God places in our lives… Please pray for our hearts to be sensitive to His Spirit and discernment of who to walk the path with.