Don't Give Up
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
Don’t Give Up! This last year was my second trip to Africa with MMM. I remember the previous year I felt the familiar pull of the Holy Spirit on my heart. “You want me to go where, Lord?” I felt so unqualified. When I finally arrived, I was so overwhelmed by the things I saw. There was need everywhere. What difference did it make if I was there? It didn’t feel like it was going to do much.
This year, I remember getting out of the truck and seeing a sea of tiny faces staring back at me. At first a lot of the kids were afraid of me, but by the end of the dedication I had made seven new friends. The second well was close, so we all walked over and repeated the process as a group. When we finished, I said goodbye to my friends and hopped in the truck. When I opened the door at the next well, I was surprised to see my same seven friends smiling at me from ear to ear. Somehow, they had raced ahead of the truck and beat us to the next well. They did this five more times that day.
On one of the longer walks, one of the girls stopped and took a drink of water out of the old water source. This wasn’t my first year, so I shouldn’t have been surprised to see this. But this girl was my friend now. This was a girl that I had played with, laughed with, and skipped with, and who, Lord willing, will never have to drink from that contaminated water source again.
Sometimes the need seems overwhelming. Sometimes we wonder if what we are doing is really making a difference at all. But we worship a God who sees everything. He saw the need of my friend in Africa and allowed me to be a part of answering that need. He sees the need of your neighbor, near and far, and has called you play a role in answering it. There is no need too big for our God to handle. He will empower you to do the things He has called you to. Trust in Him and watch Him do the rest.
Application Question: How is the Lord asking me to persevere in the things He has called me to do?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve your children near and far. Please continue to strengthen us and bless us with the perseverance to do the things you have called us to do. Amen.