I have been asked many times why I choose to go into sometimes dangerous, always chaotic, always stressful environments to help people that I don’t even know. Truthfully, there are many reasons. Number one being that Jesus chose to come into my dangerous, stressful, chaotic environment to help me. John 3:16 I love because He first loved me! But there is more to it than that, today I want to talk a little about being “sent” and how that feels.
Being Sent… It is a feeling like no other. I will do my best to explain it, but sometimes it feels like there are not enough words to describe it. Imagine the majesty of a God that can just speak a word and the universe just came into existence. From the beginning to the end (alpha and omega) He always has been! How do you adequately describe HIM, the best way is to use His own words I AM, whatever, whenever, however (I AM), that is what an awesome God He is. And He wants to use me? Send me? Who am I?
I can tell you, most days I feel completely inadequate. He took a very shy, introverted, fearful girl and asked her step way outside of her comfort zone to lead IGOfirst. I have stood in foreign countries and blocked a road from the Chinese military to keep them from running over our water pipe we were trying to install ( just the thought of that still makes my heart pound) , I have also stood in living rooms of devasted families and cried with them over their loss. He has taken that same shy, girl and put me in places of authority working hand in hand with mayors, police, FEMA and EMA officials. In my heart and mind I am still shy …but I AM SENT. I also know that the greatest authority ever to exist, the creator of the universe has sent me!
There is no other feeling in the world better than partnering with our heavenly father to see his will established in the earth. To feel the love He has for people and help them find and feel His love during some of the worst times of their lives. We read stories in bible of sent ones, from Moses, Elijah, Peter, Paul and never really comprehend what it took for them to go and endure some of the things they experienced. But I believe it was in part to knowing they had been sent by the same God who is still in the sending business.
If you have read to this point you may be desiring to “sent” yourself. Let me tell you that you don’t have to be a disaster missionary to be “SENT” just listen to his voice and GO where he says Go. You may be “SENT” to Walmart or your neighbor’s house next door! It doesn’t matter if it is to the ends of the earth or across the street when your partnering with the I AM to see His will brought forth in peoples lives!
And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Who shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Here am I; send me Isaiah 6:8