I was the young girl who dreamed of traveling the world. When I was in 5th grade, I told everyone I knew that I was going to grow up and live in Australia. I have no idea where that plan came from, but that was the plan. Oh, and I was going to be a lawyer, too. I had never been to Australia, but I was determined that I would live there as an adult. I was going to be completely independent and live a full life of doing whatever I wanted to do and being whoever I wanted to be.
At 35, I’m now the not-so-young girl who still has not travelled the world. My one experience beyond the borders of the US was 2 years ago when my (not yet) husband took me through the Windsor tunnel into Canada. We drove around for an hour or so, and it was just like being in the US, except that the schools had Canadian flags flying from the flagpoles out front.
Sunday’s message at church was mostly a video of Pastor Pete’s travels over 8 days earlier this month when he visited all of the countries that Cross Point supports in missions, including Haiti, Dominican Republic, Honduras, India and Kenya. He only spent a day in each of the countries but a lesson came out of each visit. As a viewer of the video, we got to hear at least one story of a life that has been changed by the work and support of Cross Point. Each story was very moving to the point of chill bumps to see how one young girl in India was found in a pile of garbage, left there to die or another girl with a severe cleft palate problem has undergone 2 out of 3 surgeries so that she can live a normal life.
At the end of the video, Pastor Pete said that for the longest time in his life, he has viewed problems such as these as it is “just the way it is” and that there’s nothing that he can do to solve all of the problems of everyone all over the world.
Yeah, how many times have I thought the same thing? I admire the people I know and support who are missionaries in Burkina Faso, Kenya and East Asia. They’re people just like me, but they have given their daily lives to God. Who am I to compare my life to theirs? I live comfortably in my home with no real problems in my life compared to others.
But in the end, Pete challenged us that if there’s any small part of us who wants to do mission work that Cross Point has trips planned next year. If it’s meant to be, God will make it happen. They’ll help raise the money, if needed. If you’re concerned about getting the time off work, pray about it. Don’t let all of the obstacles that come into your mind keep you from serving God if He is speaking to you.
So I looked at the mission trips planned for 2013, and I signed up for more information. I no longer want to be the girl who dreamed of traveling the world but stayed in my comfort zone at home or the girl who reads the blogs of missionaries and wonders what it would be like to live that kind of life. I have a little more than a year to make it happen, so God and I will have many conversations about this.
If it’s meant to be, He’s going to make it happen.