It seems only right to post a quick summary of our time the past couple of weeks in Argentina before sharing some of the more specific stories in detail, but where do I start! I would have loved for you to be with us when we sat with a pastor in remote Cachi, northwest Argentina as he recounted God’s faithfulness to him over many years of hardship and perseverance. Or when we prayed for a young boy who has been almost mute since birth and our team encouraged him to the point he had brightened up and made progress with his speech when we left. Or as hundreds of believers moved by God’s heart for the nations came forward to make their decision to mobilize their faith no matter the cost.
But as many lives were touched by our presence and the message we brought, mine (Fiona) has to be counted among them too! There were some lessons and closure that the Lord brought to me in Argentina that I may never have grasped had I been following any other path. I learnt the importance of the journey, both literal and metaphorical, and got a taste of what Paul was getting at when he said ‘Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.’ Philipians 3:12 NKJV.
When I signed up as a full time missionary I was taking a huge step of faith, one that I have not regretted, but have questioned more than once since I did it just a short year ago. My decision has opened all kinds of doors, some expected, but more unexpected, that have put me in situations I’ve never imagined, let alone prepared for! The result; I need more faith than what I started with! Faith to get the job done and to finish what I started when I signed up and said ‘Yes God, I’ll go!’.
I realize now with greater clarity than ever before that when we give our lives to Christ we are no longer our own. It’s easy to say, and it’s in the Word so we know it’s true (‘Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price.‘ 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 NASB) but there are times when the reality leaves us wondering.
My commitment to the Lord is not about to waver, because I know He promised me that I can do it! Paul knew that to succeed he had to lay hold of the very thing God had laid hold of him for, and in the same way I must do the same. I know I haven’t reached the end (I’ve barely started actually). I also know I don’t have what it takes to accomplish all that God has planned for me without His involvement. These past few weeks I’ve been learning again the joy and peace that comes from trusting in Him and letting go of my life and expectations of it, in favor of that which He laid hold of me for! My prayer is that you have the courage to do the same, whatever leg of the journey you’re on, being confident that it’s not you who has to have the strength, but only the faith in the one true God and His Son Jesus Christ, who NEVER lets us down!
Thanks for joining me for the ride!