Wednesday, September 2, 2009

No Seed is Insignificant

I have been asked this question a lot recently, "So what are you gonna be doing in Ethiopia". I've had many answers to this question...some came out smooth and may have even fooled people into thinking I was on top of things....other times I'm sure folks just walked away confused. Truth is....I really don't know what I'll be doing in Ethiopia. I have ideas....playing with and caring for the, laundry and chores at the orphanage, homeschooling my daughter, learning about and helping out with the feeding program in two local villages, teaching some English lessons. Most of the time I get caught up in the "What" and not the "What For"....I want my answers to sound good....or good enough that others might think what I'm doing is a big deal. But really who I'm doing it for is the big deal!!!! Every task is important as long as we're being obedient to God. Satan would want me to feel insignificant....He would lie and say, "Seeds are so small and can be blown away by the wind." But seeds are what God has called us to sow. There is a wonderful post here that really got me thinking. If God has called me to it...than it matters. I have said things like, "Oh, we'll just be helping out" or "We probably won't be doing much at first". But it is significant.....the task may be small (every little thing must be taken care of) but our vision should not be. A quick story from the other post... A man was walking along a road and saw three brick layers hard at work. He asked the first man, "What are you doing?" The man said, "I'm laying bricks." When posed with the same question, the second man replied, "I'm building a wall." The third man answered the same question with a big visioned answer, "I'm building a cathedral." Although I must be diligent in every task my King gives me I've decided to have a bigger vision....the one God has given me. So now my answer , when asked what my purpose is in Ethiopia, is going to be ...."I'm going to help bring ALL 147 million orphans into their forever homes...caring for each one along the way"....... I believe this is what I'm a part God is capable...and He didn't create too many it seems to me that He has a forever home planned for each of seems that we are to blame...we have failed them....God hasn't...So I know I'm part of a HUGE vision....God's....every little thing matters.


The Fab 4 said...

I love the waves of influence you are starting into action. People who never considered Ethiopia will not only know about it, they will embrace it through you. I just know many children will find loving homes because of your advocacy for them. Widows will have a face because you'll see them and share them with us. I'm so excited for you and Kenli. I cannot wait to come see you and serve alongside ya.

Over-Caffeinated X 4 said...

I just found your blog through Tracy Minovich's blog. I want to tell you that the very words you said have come out of my mouth on more than one occasion.... 147,000,000 = the Holocaust of our generation. It will be our shame as history judges us.

I haven't read your whole story, I don't know what you're up to, but I'm glad I found you and I'll be following!