It’s Just Geography


Tomorrow night I get on a plane with these four (Jason and Bethany will follow on the 11th).  I will be taking them to a country they haven’t seen in four years and for the most part, know nothing of.  So many emotions, so many prayers, so much yearning to know God more fully.

If I had to try to choose the most important lesson I have learned in the last four years in Indonesia, I think it would be this:

God cares much more about who we are than where we are.

Our ministry isn’t a state of residence, it is a state of the heart. It has taken me a long time to learn that.  I have spent so much of my life looking for a place that was “perfect” for me and a ministry that would “make a great fit.”  But really, it’s all just geography. If our hearts are turned towards the Lord and not towards the approval of man, God can do mighty things in us and through us no matter where we live.  If our hearts are more concerned with what those around us think of us than what the Lord thinks, it doesn’t matter where we are—we are useless due to the idolatry in our hearts.

So as we transition to the States for a time, I realize that as big of a deal as it is in some ways, it isn’t a big deal in any of the things that matter.  We’ll enjoy the food.  We’ll soak in the time with friends  and family. We’ll gawk at the cereal aisle. We’ll enjoy driving on roads where the rules matter, drinking water straight from the tap, and not having to translate everything in our heads before we speak.  But, it’s just geography. God is still God.  We are still us. Our hearts are still what matters.

 

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “It’s Just Geography

  1. MandaKay

    Praying for safe travels. Your heart is so big and so full of God, and I know he will bless you thru your travel back to the states, for however long you will be here! There are so many people here that need people like you and Jason to show what great parenting really is!!! I am one of them! :) You are a great role model and an encouragement!!! Blessings ahead!

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  2. Erika Gordon

    Fantastic thoughts and “oh so true!” I’m so excited to be on this journey with you, and am praying for all the little transitions!

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  3. Mel

    Many prayers are being said for you as you transition back to the States. We’ve been there, and know that, like you said, God is still God, and He is GOOD. Think of the many blessings that your many “homes” have brought you over the years…when I reflected on those blessings, it made it much easier to make my newest “home”…just that. Home. I know He’s got great things in store for you all in this next season. I hope we’ll get to see you sometime. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. :)

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