Having a hard time believing in God? Here is a story for you. Almost two years ago a couple started coming to the Tuesday evening Bible studies and soon became part of the gang. Last winter they felt that God was calling them to go on a mission trip and expand their understanding of what God is doing in the world.
While on this trip they met a minister from Mongolia and were impressed by his ministry to the poor and homeless in his country. My friends began to wonder how they could minster to this man and his congregation so they brought his story to the study group. We were all interested and began to pray on how we could have a part to play in his ministry. We sought God’s will and directive on what should be done, but even though a couple of promising leads popped up we could never seem to find the right opportunity to become involved in ministry.
Over the last months we began to feel that maybe we would never be able to figure out what God wanted of us. Outside my two friends none of the rest of us had ever met this pastor and couldn’t quite put our finger on who he was. I longed to meet him and listen to his story so I could get a grip on how God wanted me to be evolved, and I am sure the rest of the study group felt the same way.
Since none of us had ever been to Mongolia and had no real way to get there we were at an impasse. So, God decided to send this pastor to my home in New Brunswick. Through a series of events God took a pastor from Mongolia who met our friends on a mission trip and brought him to a front room in a small town in Canada.
This is no accident or coincidence—it is the hand of God. He has brought us together for a reason and since we couldn’t go to Mongolia—Mongolia came to us. Think of that, God brings the mission to our door.
It is wonderful to serve God and know that He has plans for us and can bring everything together to make all those plans work. In the book of Judges Deborah says to Barak, “Up! For this is the day in which the LORD has given Sisera into your hand. Does not the LORD go out before you?” Judges 4:14.
When we put ourselves into God’s hands we never need to fear because He goes before us to prepare the way. I wanted to meet this pastor from Mongolia and hear his story and get a feel for what we could do to help, but believed there was no possible way for this to happen. But God just smiles at such lack of faith and goes about to make everything work according to His plan. If I couldn’t go to Mongolia God would simply bring the pastor to us.
We serve a God who holds the whole world in His hands and brings all things to pass according to His will. We may doubt and fret, but that never deters God from accomplishing His will for our lives. He is awesome, powerful and loving and what more could we possible ask for!
* Yes, there is persecution of Christians in Mongolia. These people need our support and continuous prayers. Please take the time to read some of their stories at http://thebeggardanced.com/nine-oclock-club/ there is much more on the internet but you have to search for it