I had three minutes.
Three minutes to articulate what God has been doing in my life over the last 37 years. Three minutes to share how God took a little girl who was hurt and broken and molded her into a woman with a passion for the Word. Three minutes to share all God has done in our family over the last few years to bring us to this exact moment. Three minutes to share God's goodness and graciousness.
We're currently in Orlando, attending the first our our training courses with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Our course is called Equip and it is designed to do just what it says: EQUIP us as we start on our journey of sharing with others about the needs of the Bibleless people around the world.
On Sunday we spent most of our day listening to the stories of how God has led each individual, couple, and family to this point. It was amazing to listen to the myriad of experiences that paved the way for people to give their lives to advocating for, supporting, and working for those who are still waiting for the chance to read the word of God in a language that speaks to their heart.
Over and over again we listened to stories of God weaving together experiences, dreams, disappointments, conversations, encounters, opportunities, and passions to bring each of the people to a point where they could say "Yes!" to Bible translation. Each of the stories was unique, and yet there were common themes: themes of God's goodness, His patience, His love, His direction, His healing, and His creativity.
I spent most of the day thinking, "God is such an amazing story teller!"
He wrote the stories of each of the people here. So many seemingly insignificant moments blend together in a way that only makes sense when you step back and look at the whole. A broken heart here. A conversation there. A mission trip here. A shattered dream there. A calling here. A lost job there. An invitation here. A sermon there.
All of these moments are part of the story that takes one person to the place in their own heart where they can answer the call of God on their lives.
God is writing each of our stories. He is using every moment, every conversation, every fear, every disappointment, every opportunity, and every dream and is preparing us to say "Yes!"
I don't know that your "Yes!" is. It won't look the same as mine. It won't look the same as anyone's. But there is a "Yes!" that God wants you to say. In the spirit of Romans 8:28, everything in your life is leading to that yes. Moments don't just happen, they are ordained.
As you go through your day, as you mull over your years, as you think on the trials and triumphs of your life, know this: God is writing your story. He can and will work all things together for good. If you will give your unbridled "Yes!" to Him, He will take all of your moments and experiences and show you that it was all "for such a time as this."
Your hurt isn't meaningless. Your dreams aren't purposeless. Your hopes aren't in vain. Your conversations aren't by chance. Your failures aren't hopeless. Your trials aren't for discouragement.
Your life has meaning and purpose. God created you to be His unique image-bearer. He wove you together in your mother's womb and your days were ordained before there was one of them.
Don't despise what He is doing in your life. Don't fret over the years of the locust. Don't let yourself believe for one moment that He has left you or forsaken you.
Instead, set down the pen and let God write your story. You never know where it might lead.