Sometimes when God asks us to do something, it doesn’t make sense. Eighteen years ago, Kevin and I took our youth group on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. While we were there, we immediately felt at home in this unfamiliar country. We fell in love with the people, with the land, and with the ministry. We quickly felt a pull and a yearning to be a part of the work that God was doing there. During that trip, we stayed up late into the night talking and praying about whatever it was that God was doing in our hearts as our 6-week-old, youngest child slept on the bed next to us.
We returned home and continued to intentionally seek God. At that time, Kevin had a great job as a youth pastor, I was a stay-at-home mom, we had a cute little house, and our families were less than an hour’s drive away. We would have to sell our home and most of our possessions. We would have to travel 1,800 miles with three little ones to a location where only one of us spoke the language. We would have to raise financial support for our missionary income.
Were we experiencing mission trip “warm fuzzies,” or was God truly calling our little family—with three kiddos, five and younger—to move overseas? We confided in some close friends who began praying for God to provide us with clarity. Our parents weren’t on board (at first). In fact, another family member threatened to report us to child services (I wish I was joking). It didn’t make sense.
In his weekend message, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder taught us that “if we want to live life with an open hand, we need to be open to trust God even when it doesn’t make sense.” Ben shared a story from Luke when Jesus asked his disciples to do something that didn’t make sense—to feed 5,000+ people with their meager provisions.
“But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
Jesus’ request didn’t make sense.
Our first response to the call to serve in the Dominican Republic was similar to that of the disciples—in the flesh, with normal resources, and under normal circumstances—it didn’t make sense. We pointed out all of our excuses to God, and he graciously replied, “Trust me.”
That is what he called the disciples to do, and that is what he called us to do 18 years ago. And so, that is what we did. One step at a time.
Over the years, God has continued to call us to play a part in what he is doing to reach others with the good news of Jesus. Often it doesn’t make sense, including when we helped start a church 12 years ago. It is amazing to see what God does, though, when we trust him and offer our lives to him open handedly.
Have you ever felt God asking you to do something that didn’t make sense? What was your first reaction? In what ways can you step out in faith even if it doesn’t make sense?
If you feel that God is calling you to something, trust him one step at a time. Confide in some close friends or your Group to join you on the journey through prayer. Whether it’s to move overseas or share a meal with a neighbor, trusting and following God may not always make sense, but it is always worth it.
God, we want to live with an open hand and trust you, even when it doesn’t make sense. Help us to trust you and take one step at a time, knowing you have a plan, just like you did when you fed a crowd of 5,000 with only five loaves of bread and two fish. Open our ears and give us willing hearts to follow your plan and live out our mission for you while we’re here on this earth. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Kendra Grubinski. Kendra is passionate about her relationship with Jesus and loves studying and sharing God’s Word. During the week, she is a Spanish Teacher at Findlay High School. She also enjoys spending time with her family and pups, reading, traveling, drinking good coffee and being active outdoors.
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