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Leave at 8 in the morning.
That was all Andreas, Cristo, and Anica knew when they stepped out of their guesthouse in Krabi town yesterday after praying where to go and leaving everything they own. With no money and no clothes, except the ones on their backs; and knowing nobody in a strange town where hardly anyone speaks English, they faithfully walked in the words of Luke 10 waiting for the Lord to show them their man of peace.
As they walked and fervently prayed taking every turn as they feel being led by the Holy Spirit they reached Isaranusorn School, a local Buddhist school, where Teacher Rona works. (Teacher Rona is our Sunday school teacher at Peace Church and the sister of Pastor Roslen.) Unmistakably, this was God orchestrated.
Not knowing where they were, they started talking to the school’s gatekeeper who dismissed them because she doesn’t speak English. Teacher Rona suddenly walked near where they were. The gatekeeper quickly exclaimed, “English teacher!” pointing at Teacher Rona and calling her. Their excitement rose and they began talking to her finding out that she is a Christian. Her brother unexpectedly arrives where they were at. All of this led to them reaching our Church in Ao Nang, a town about 25 minutes from Krabi; calling my husband from the Church’s outside poster; and meeting Ed, a South African just like them.
From breakfast to lunch to dinner to a place where to shower and to sleep for the night, God has abundantly provided for them without fail since Friday morning.
Ah, the faithfulness of God is exhilarating!
They continue this Luke 10 journey until Monday morning. At which point, they return to their guesthouse to meet with the rest of their team who are also doing the same journey — somewhere. When I met them just a few hours ago and they told me their story, it absolutely blew my mind. I was so stoked; I had to write about it.
Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you. Luke 10:3–6
For most of us, what they are doing is foolish and risky. For them, what they are doing is simple obedience to what God asked them to do.
Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. This is a command scarcely any comfort attached. Added to that, Jesus also said to not take a purse or bag or sandals. There goes the last thread of convenience left after being told to go out among wolves. So, what is there left to hold on to?
He lavishly showed them that they will be taken care of if they simply trust Him.
Simply. Have. Faith.
Holding on to Jesus will carry you through literally anything.
Hearing this interesting story tonight totally grasped my heart. The simplicity of the details and the almost unnoticeable timing of how everything came together for Andreas, Cristo, and Anica is the beauty of it all. How God makes these divine appointments seem so ordinary when they are anything but that!
Their story attests that God longs to demonstrate to us His love and what He is able to do if we exclusively trust Him and unreservedly obey Him to whatever He leads us to. But, more often than not, we let the fear of this world wrap us in a bubble of safety and convenience that we stay where we are settling for less.
We never experience Him radically.
Sometimes, God has spoken so loudly to move us to a different path but we intently choose to remain unaffected by His voice living only for ourselves. May God never leave us that way!
With this fresh story of obedience and courage, I rouse you to wake up and live with a raging faith for our God; seek to hear His voice and ask for the Holy Spirit to render you the faith you need to fulfill what He is asking you to do.
Maybe, even do a Luke 10 journey yourself as God leads you to!
(Note: I wrote this last night, but I was too tired to format and post it on the blog. So when I say yesterday on this blog, I meant Friday. I met these guys and heard their story on Saturday evening.)
July 7, 2013
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