I’m stuck. I mean I’m not really stuck. We’re just waiting on God. Actively waiting on Him – but we’re waiting on His timing all the same.
We know waiting goes against life in 2015; GET it NOW. DO it NOW. BE it NOW. We COULD try to MAKE it happen but we’ve lived and walked with Jesus long enough to know that when we try to make something happen on our own, especially something like this, things just don’t go well. And we could fail. That’s okay. We’re not afraid of failing. If we fail, then at least we tried to do what we feel led to do to help kids. (What is worse? Failing? Or not trying at all?) Our goal is to help homeless teens by giving them a safe place to live for a while, teaching job and life skills, and leading them to have closer relationships with Jesus. If we are trying to do God’s Will, He will go before us and make a way when we can’t see a way.
Some people are laughing at our faith. (That’s okay. If people laughing at us was gonna stop us, we’d have had to stop as soon as we started telling people about all this that God’s put on our hearts.)
Some know this is for real and are praying with us. (Thank you! This means SO much to us. Thank you!)
Some HOPE all this is real. (Guess people will have to watch and see what God’s doing. Fly or fall, we’re in this and there’s no going back. God opens doors no man can shut and He shuts doors that no man can open. We’ll keep walking in faith toward this homeless teen shelter work He’s been leading us to unless He shuts the doors and steers us another direction.)
We know it’s real.
I keep thinking about people wandering in the desert for 40 years and can’t help but think, “Isn’t that what so many of us do all our lives? We wander.”
I mean, sure we make plans and do stuff. We go to school and to work. We’re part of a church. We have a family – or not. Some stay single. Some get married (some, a few times.)
But we wander.
I wonder if our wandering isn’t so far from the stories about people wandering in the Bible:
“Hey, believe God is doing this.”
“Okay, then. Have a good life – or at least as good as YOU think YOU can make it as you wander around aimlessly.”
Then – after all the doubters are gone from this generation, God will do great works that you’ll always wish you’d have gotten to see.
Today I prayed something like, “God, I’m feeling afraid; a little discouraged and intimidated by this homeless teen center quest You’ve got us on. I mean, we can’t quit and don’t even want to because this is the most amazing work You’ve ever done with our lives, but at the same time, the magnitude of this work seems so far beyond us and our abilities – and it is, FOR SURE – and the heartaches we’ll hear about are already breaking our hearts. Would you please send some encouragement?”
I was walking through a thrift store looking for fleece shirts for my family while I prayed this when I hear a song I’ve never heard before in my life.
Not joking. The song sings, “Baby, you got what it takes.”
That made me smile.
Then I was on an aisle all by myself when a woman walked just 2 steps past me and we spoke a moment about finding the right sizes. I said something about colors I hoped to find. She said colors don’t really matter as much. I agreed and said I know warmth is what matters most and told her that we’re moving to Alaska. She told me she goes fishing there sometimes. I said we feel God’s moving us there to take care of homeless teens.
THEN she told me they’ve made friends with a family in Alaska who also felt called by God to do work there (and have been now for a couple years) and they have 2 sons who homeschool and she’d like me to call her to have another family to talk with. ((Thinking out loud about grammar stuff… Yes, I end sentences with prepositions sometimes. I don’t even mean to. The important thing is that it won’t keep me out of Heaven.))
(Coincidence? I think not.)
Ummm… so this brought another smile. And some much needed comfort to my heart.
A little while later I’m thinking of dangerous situations we may encounter with people and animals in Alaska.
Not even joking. The song Stayin’ Alive played over the speakers.
This made me laugh!
God is good and He hears our prayers. (And the even cooler part is that He answers.)
We are asking for prayers for finances, houses, buildings, donations (including desks, beds, clothes, money, vehicles, food, books, and everything else I’m not thinking to mention,) volunteers, and for God to keep leading us as we keep walking through the doors He opens.
Thank you and may God bless you so big that you can’t help but see Him.