Life seems so surreal sometimes… it’s hard to believe that it’s already been over four years since we first went to Finland as missionaries.
Some have said that the life we’ve chosen must certainly be difficult. Others have told us that we’re crazy. They can’t imagine living as we do, leaving family and friends behind while unburdening ourselves of possessions, or those things that we simply call “stuff.” (While there are a few that say they envy our “adventure,” there really aren’t too many.)
Our current life situation seems even more insane, as we travel from place to place on deputation in the USA while sharing a God-given vision for countries on the other side of the world. Right now, “home” is where our suitcase rests, and that can mean anywhere from someone’s spare bedroom to a backwoods hotel. Many cannot fathom our willingness to go along with “The Plan.”
This is how we see it. God said “Go,” and God said “Do,” so for us to do otherwise means that we’d be disobeying our Heavenly Daddy. When I was growing up, it was pretty miserable stuff to be found in a state of disobedience. I vividly remember what it felt like when my earthly parents were upset, so I’m not about try to see what it’s like to have God mad at me “on purpose.”
Simply put, we’re in a race, and we’re running to win. The hard things that we go through simply add to the training that we need to help others run – and win – the race along with us. We’re not seeking pain or hardship, but we don’t run from it, because we understand that in order to grow spiritually, there are times that we must endure “hard stuff.”
You know that many runners enter a race, and only one of them wins the prize. So run to win! Athletes work hard to win a crown that cannot last, but we do it for a crown that will last forever. (1 Corinthians 9:24-25 CEV).
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Galatians 6:9 KJV)
Like Abraham, we’re looking for “a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (Hebrews 11:10 KJV) And when we get there, we hope to see you.
In the meantime, if you live in the United States, you just might see us there, too…