A little (crazy) prayer goes a long way.
I asked several “Will God…?” questions in my last post. Some won’t be answered for months or years, but for others I feel like we can start counting the promise of “immeasurably more” right now.
Can I really be an adequate interim parent for two teenagers abandoned by their mom until God provides more permanent foster parents? It’ll take a lot longer than a week to tell that. But in the meantime, God is blessing Jub and I and our volunteer house with two precious teenage girls that need a lot of love (and eat a lot of pancakes) and stretch our faith every day. We continue to circle these girls in prayer and plead for God to provide foster parents in the next few months, but I’m wondering if God might have something else in store… Immeasurably more.
Will God heal a faithful and faith-filled couple that just discovered they are HIV positive, and protect their unborn baby from the disease? We’re still circling. But in the meantime, she’s rising up in worship with a deep faith and divine strength that gives me goosebumps. And she’s crying out to God not for herself or her own recovery, but for the lives of those around her as she continues to fight for and love on her neighbors that continue their work as women of the night. Crazy awesome. Immeasurably more.
Will my friend reach his goal of staying clean from meth for an entire year and grow as a committed husband and father? Time will tell and we’ll keep circling. But in the meantime, he’s challenging me back with this goal saying he doesn’t want to just stay clean for a year, but he wants to stay clean for good. Silly me. Immeasurably more.
Will God build a movement to create real change in rural communities to stop this cycle of family and community brokenness that so often leads to participation in the sex industry?
Now we’re getting REALLY crazy. But I’m beginning to realize a little crazy goes a long way when you’re talking Kingdom crazy. Here’s a preview:
This photo was taken last week after our first ad hoc community meeting in a small, rural village in Khon Kaen province. The heart of Isaan. The heart of Thailand.
After being unsure whether or not we’d have any attendees and being even less sure what direction the discussion would take, we were overwhelmed with the result.
The community is awake. Without prompting, they answered every question we had with flying colors. They want change. They want us to be a part, but they want to take responsibility for change. In fact, they want to start before we even get there.
We laid out our best made plans and prayers and God is already doing…. Immeasurably more.