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“Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Here we are. Two weeks out. Right now is prime time to start worrying and predicting all of the bad things that could potentially happen before departure.

We’ve had some tough days over the past couple of weeks. “Tough” days to our standard, nonetheless difficult and emotional in the moment. However, we have prayed through and have watched God turn these “tough times” into past times, followed with His love and confirmation through blessing the exact situation which seemed dark in the moment.

Paul tells us DO NOT be anxious, but yet doesn’t it seem so inevitable? I can’t remember the last time I went a month, a week, or even a day without some sort of worry. Even Paul had some anxiety.

Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety.  -Philippians 

The difference for me today compared to even just a couple of years ago, is the hope I get from prayer during these trials. I’ve learned to circle these worries, bow my head in humility, and cry out to God as David does so in some of the Psalms. One of my favorites is Psalms 5:3.

“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”

Each morning I get to talk to God. One on one. Before my children’s feet hit the ground, I have begged Him for their protection for that day. I even go as far as to pray for their wives. Why not?

“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. – Matthew 21:22”

With that said, I try not to treat God like a slot machine. Although I would be lying if I said my prayers didn’t consist of some selfishness, I believe the Father knows my heart. He knows my intentions, and He knows if I truly believe that He can do it. I also have to accept that an unanswered prayer, could in fact be an answer. God knows what I and my family actually need. Just because I don’t fully understand doesn’t mean I should trust any less. Andy Stanley said it best when he said, “I’m going to go to the grave with a lot of questions, and I’m okay with that.” I believe we can have comfort in questions knowing that the answer will eventually be revealed one day whether it be on earth or in Heaven.

This reminds me of the beginning of Luke, in the very first chapter, the angel Gabriel silences Zechariah for questioning the pregnancy of his wife, and in the very same chapter Gabriel seems to show a little more patience with Mary by blessing her with more explanation after her questioning his announcement. On paper, the responses from each Zechariah and Mary look the same, but God knew their hearts. God knew Zechariah probably indeed doubted that his wife could become pregnant after being barren for so many years, and on the other side God knew Mary was just faithfully curious about the circumstance. God knew Mary. That’s why He chose Mary for one of the most important roles in history (besides Jesus).

I’ve been in Ephesians for the past week, and chapter 3 verse 20 jumped off the page as I was reading, so I circled it in prayer and wrote it down in my journal to take into 2019.

“Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power of work within us.”

God can and will accomplish all things through us. Whether I believe I’m good enough, or not He will use anything and anyone to complete His work and to serve his people. My only job is to be willing, waiting, and empty, so that He can fill me up.

Three days after I wrote that verse (EPH 3:20) in my journal and circled it in prayer, the Founder of OAL and my good friend, Daryl Roberts gave a short talk at my Church regarding my family’s upcoming mission in Liberia. He ended his speech by saying that his prayer for the people of St. Francis of Assisi was to start and live their new year with the following verse in their hearts…

“Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power of work within us.”

Coincidence? Maybe, but I’m thinking more like Providence.

Thank you again for all your prayers and support. We feel and hear them all, and our so excited to bring you closer to our Liberian family.

In Christ,

Zach

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