It's so funny to me, (not HA HA funny but more like..man I am an idiot funny) no matter how much I worry, fret, stew, loose sleep, cry, pray and waste time thinking about how bad something that God has called me to do is going to be, it never is. I kind of think God has it easy with me. I mean, when I worry I don't weak sauce worry, I do it right! I worry that the worst case scenario will happen. You know, I will run out of gas in the middle of the desert with no cell service in 109 degree heat with no water and no food and the road will have closed so no one will be coming by for the next two days and I will die alone in a mini-van on my way to San Francisco with 5 teenagers. Hmph! Ya, Ya...I know, I have a
small rather large and unrealistic worry problem. The good news is, it gives God a lot of space to prove my worries illegitimate right? Well, that He sure did.
I am truly amazed at how close God was to me on this trip. All my worries were non-issues. Of course there were the issues I hadn't even thought of before I left, but whatever. Most of those ended up being fairly painless as well. My biggest fear was leaving my boys. Ends up, they had a fabulous time while we were gone. They were loved on, hugged on, spoiled and well taken care of! I am telling you, being in ministry is simply not possibly without the support of family and friends who are willing to love your kids. Can I get an Amen?!
We spent a lot of time NOT sleeping on this trip. Each day we got up at 5:45 am and didn't get to bed until after 11:00pm. We spent time serving at food banks, sorting clothes, delivering food to AIDS patients, getting to know some of the homeless in the city and playing with children whose home lives are rough. We talked about the difference between being HOUSEless and HOMEless. We talked about how the single biggest key to success in a child's life is where they live (or don't live). We talked about how people are people and moms are moms wherever you go. We talked about how everyone, regardless of their situation has a longing for love. We talked about how there are millions of people who give their time every day to be Jesus to people who desperately need Him. Most importantly, we talked about how WE CAN be Jesus to people in our own little worlds.