A little backstory before the story…for those that do not know I am currently in Oregon serving at Medford First Church of the Nazarene with their hispanic ministry ( and no I do not speak spanish but I am learning). One of the biggest things that I am working on is developing stories for our VBS or as we like to call it “Rolling Stories”. These stories focus on characters in the Bible from the Old Testament to the New Testament. As I was sitting at my workspace earlier this week I listed all of the characters in the Bible that I could think of or ones that children could relate to in some way. I came up with five characters that I thought would be good and began writing their stories and making them relatable for kids.
Now for the real story…Earlier this week my Aunt Connie thought it would be fun to go on a walk after dinner. In my mind walks are like 30 minutes around a neighborhood because that is what we usually do at home. Boy was I wrong. I forgot there are these things called hills and mountains in Oregon. I was doing good up until a certain point, I looked up and I could not believe my eyes. There was one of the steepest hills that I have ever seen and I had to walk up it. I thought to myself no way was I going to acomplish this task and still be okay after it was all done. I was literally thinking to myself “Lord please move this hill so I can survive to finish this walk.”
But then I kept thinking that I needed to trust myself and that I could walk up that hill. I ended up walking up that hill and finishing the walk (which was just over 3 miles when we finished). I went to work the next day and I was looking at my list of characters and was figuring out what they all had in common…TRUST. They each had to trust God with the situation that was in front of them. Some were more drastic than others but in the end they all had to do one thing.
This can also apply in my life right now. I am in a different state, a new church, a new congregation, a new language, getting asigned huge tasks, and so much more. I needed to be reminded this week that trusting in God is so important. I need to trust God every single day with the task that is before me. Whether it is preparing the Rolling Stories or walking up another giant hill, trusting God in every situation is what is going to get me through it all.
I hope that you remember today that God has a plan for you and that his plans are good. All you need to do is trust in Him and seek him when times are tough. We may not be able to see the plans right now but we can trust right now.
*The picture of the mountain is not what I walked up…it was much smaller than that.