Today begins our long journey to our final destination in Ecuador. We left at 5:30 this morning. We will experience 3 planes and 2 layovers, one of which is 8 hours long. If all goes well, we should arrive tomorrow at 10:30 AM. Sleep deprived, we will hit the ground running with orientation, lunch, a quick tour, and then beginning our work project in Portete, a long drive from where we are staying.
Today and tomorrow, excitement will mingle with nervousness and sleepiness. Meaning there may be times when we will be silly, emotional, confused, groggy, and comical. We will likely feel quite weak when we arrive. How will we find the strength to actually work?
Saul (later called Paul) was brought to a point of weakness during a life-changing moment on a road he was traveling. Saul had been breathing out murderous threats toward Jesus’ disciples and His followers. He hated Jesus’ ministry and was determined to crush it. He was a man who struck terror in the hearts of the people.
However, on this day on the road, a bright light suddenly appeared that made him fall to the ground. It was Jesus wanting Saul to answer for persecuting Him. Jesus told Saul to go into the city and he would be told what to do.
Saul was then struck blind. He didn’t eat or drink anything for 3 days as he waited for instructions. All the power given to him by man did him no good during this time. All of the strength he had built within himself failed him now. He was brought to a point of utter weakness.
Finally a man named Ananias showed up and told Saul Jesus had sent him so he could see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Saul’s sight was restored and he began eating and drinking which gave him strength.
He then began preaching telling others about Jesus. (Acts 9:1-22)
It’s quite remarkable for a man who once hated Jesus to become one of His most effective leaders. By making him weak, Jesus was able to change Saul’s heart and use him in many powerful ways.
Although each of us on this mission trip have followed Christ for a while, there are times we, too, must be brought to a point of weakness. We must be completely emptied of ourselves and our own agenda so He can work effectively through us.
So even though it may seem disastrous to begin a mission trip so tired, we are being brought to a point of weakness for a reason. We are trusting God to fill our weakness with His strength, fill us with His power, and do what He desires.
Please be praying for us!
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
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