A few weeks ago I was wondering how I was going to get 135 mosquito nets for our kids, the expensive ones that are chemically treated. I never told a soul and never asked for anything. This is my “normal” approach when inquiring of the Lord about what we need. I just “wonder” how it will be accomplished. I inquired of one of our NGO friends as to how to go about getting so many of them as they aren’t readily available in the market. That next day this same friend rang me back and told me that her and her husband had decided to give us a financial gift to cover most of the cost of the nets.
I tell you, God is so amazingly good to us. I think of the things I need and I tell God what I need and I never give it a “worry” or pressing thought. I just wonder where it will come from, not if it will come. I usually ask Him what my part is though. God has shown me time after time after time that HE has this, all of this. I have never had such “big” faith in my entire life for things, big things. This week I talked to my kids and staff in two separate meetings about big faith and little faith. I told them the story of the mustard seed and how it grew into a tree. Faith has to grow. I have been through so many trials and tests these last five years, enough to last a lifetime. But when I see God show me bigger and bigger things, requiring bigger and bigger faith, I now almost welcome the tests and trials because I know they will INCREASE my faith even more.
I was teaching my staff and children about “big” faith and I shared Romans 1:17
“For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last (from faith to faith)…”
Then 2 Corinthians 3:18 tells us “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness (righteousness) with ever increasing glory ((from glory to glory)…”
The Lord was showing me that we go from faith to faith and from glory to glory. We will know and see the glory of God in our life only in proportion to the development of faith in our life. Big faith will bring an increase of God’s glory to our life and ministry. This year has been a year of big faith for us, our children, me, just believing for all our needs to be met and even exceeded. God has shown us at every turn, through the faithfulness of His servants who help us by giving and praying, that He will accomplish His word, He watches over it to make sure it comes to pass. Wow!
The children and my team, we want tree sized faith and so we ask for more of a measure from God, whatever change in our hearts and minds is required, we want it! We have one truck that we drive everywhere we go and it is on its last wheels. Almost every week we are repairing something on it. Lately I have been “wondering” where our new Landcrusier is coming from. Everytime I see a Landcruiser on the road I look at it and say, “Ours is coming, it surely is.”
During our Friday night encounter the children were almost screaming the words to all the songs because of their zeal for the Lord. They have seen His faithfulness in their lives. Almost every single song they clapped and yelled in pure joy because they love singing those particular words to Jesus. This went on for almost three hours. I was so overtaken by the spirit of joy and I could only imagine how Jesus felt and laughed and delighted in the zeal of these kids. That’s how worship should be, permeated with joy, dripping with joy. God is happy, He is full of joy, and he loves to laugh and smile and sing with us.
Danielle, one of our missionaries, works at the hospital we take our kids to twice a week. She volunteers of course. This week a lady brought in her child who had such bad infection in her ears that she was deaf. The doctor said that her inner ear parts were literally eaten away because the infection had been in there for about a year before she was ever brought in. So Danielle asked if she could pray because Jesus could fix this. She said a “simple” prayer and very short because she wanted to honor the doctor’s time as the waiting room was full. She said amen and the doctor continued with his exam. When the doctor and the mother were then discussing the girl, Danielle whispered the girl’s name while she wasn’t looking and the girl immediately turned to Danielle. Her ears had opened! The doctor and the mom were stunned. They didn’t know what to do. Jesus doesn’t care how much we know or what we say, He just needs someone who is available and believes enough to pray. This is big faith. He has this!