I’m leaving for Thailand tonight for the next 8 days.
“Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. […]Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.”
On April 11 of this year, I will have been in my country for a year. A year of my senses being utterly shocked with sights, sounds, smells, and feelings that have all been difficult, encouraging, affirming, stretching, convicting, teaching, and altogether good. The power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has never seemed more real and prevalent to me as I walk the streets of South Asia.
“All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.
The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. There he went into a cave and spent the night.”
I’m going to Thailand, and yet I find myself in this story of Elijah. The Lord called a discouraged, tired, frustrated man out into the wilderness to beautifully grant perspective, nourishment, and a gentle reminder of who is this intimate Sovereign One.
“And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
I’m excited about this visa run, but I’m asking for your prayers. Being here for a year means 2 things to me right now: 1) I’ve made it a year! And trust me, I fully know that it’s only by the power of Yahweh that I’ve lived and moved and found my being. He has graciously sustained, rebuked, worked, and taught me so much. Praise Him. 2) I have 10 more months here! Different days provoke different tones of voices when I say that statement (all you other M’s on the field know what I’m talking about). And it’s in these 2 statements that I’m asking for your prayer and encouragement:
“The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of theLord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”
I’ve been so encouraged by everyone’s notes & prayers already, but I desperately asking you to pray the following things for me this week:
1) Pray that the Lord would bring continued vision & endurance to continue living and working in my city. This includes asking for wisdom in knowing which relationships to continue to pursue.
“When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his faceand went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
2) Pray that the Lord would provide excitement to return to my country. In complete honesty, I’m so excited and ready for a break that I fear I won’t want to return. The beautiful thing to me about the story of Elijah that I resonate so loudly with right now lies in the fact that while the Lord called Elijah out of his area of ministry to minister to, encourage, and grant perspective, He also called Elijah right back to the place and people Elijah left. I ask that you pray not only for the refreshment & encouragement of knowing the Lord, but that He would bring excitement and desire to return.
Thanks so much for your prayers, all of you because trust me, they’re felt. Thank you for all of your encouragement, for the Lord seems to bring them all at the right time as only He can.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13