Saturday, March 23, 2013

If I Had Two Hands Doing The Same Thing

Now that I have been in Tanzania for 8 months I have discovered something about myself.  I am constantly pulling God toward me with one hand and pushing Him away with the other. I wish that I had two hands doing the same thing. I have one hand that draws the Lord close to me and allows Him to challenge me to step out in faith. At the same time I have another hand that wants to push away from these challenges.  Do I really want to avoid being challenged and stretched by God? The answer to that question is a resounding, "No!" Knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. and let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete lacking in nothing. James 1:3

Endurance is a necessity in our life in Africa. It is such a comfort to have God's Word to go to and find that the challenges that we are facing have purpose. They bring forth endurance which needs to increase in our life so that we can have longevity in our work. The funny thing about this journey that we are on is that it is just as much for us as it is for the Bibleless. God doesn't need Patrick and I to accomplish His work but He allows us to join Him for our that we will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:10

                            Because a child of God is known by their fruit (Matthew 7:20)

So, I welcome the challenges. Knowing that each one is growing my relationship with the Lord and bringing new buds of fruit onto my tree. Join me in praying for ours and the many families on the field who are learning to use both hands in their service. Pray that our hands will be outstretched to the Heavens and our trees dripping with fruit.

Soli Deo Gloria!

video by Jars of Clay taken in East Africa


  1. I love this and can relate to your words on may levels. May God continue to bless your family on this journey. We will pray for you all. Much love to you all!

  2. Kellee, this phenomenon you speak of is one I am very familiar with. I often tell the Lord "I will" and then turn around and hope somehow He didn't hear me clearly! Like, duh... huh? You and Patrick are a great inspiration to those of us who are preparing to be sent out for kingdom work only to find out how God uses us where we are each day as a test to see if we are willing to truly follow Him! Love to the kiddos and Patrick; every picture Amy shares with me, I respond, "they look like they've never known anything else but what they are doing now". Blessings, David