Painting a crater in the moon…

While driving to my friend’s apartment, I saw the moon, and it–literally–took my breath away.  I was so glad that I had brought my camera along with my larger lens because I pulled over on the road and took a picture of the moon right there!  I climbed out of my car through the sun-roof and took this picture.  I’ll tell you what, too, I don’t even care that I probably looked ridiculous sitting on top of Annie the Accord in order to take this picture.

Here recently, I’ve been writing quite a bit about how God has been revealing His beauty to me, but remember this.  That is exactly what I had been praying for last week!  Look now.  Don’t you see how abundantly He has provided examples of His beauty, too?

Tonight when I saw that moon, it was as if I heard God say, “Sissy, look at this moon I created!  Do you see those craters?  I painted the lines of each and every single one of those just for you to enjoy!”

Find your enjoyment in God and His beauty.  When the day comes when this world passes away, these moments–the times in which we look at God and His creation and say, ‘God, thank you for showing me just how much You love me through revealing Your beauty,’–will be all that we have to take with us.

Who knows, maybe once we reach heaven, we’ll get to enter His painting room and actually get to paint a crater in the surface of the moon…

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Workers in a harvest field

For the past three years, I’ve had a desire to do mission work in a Latin American country.  Since November, I became convicted that He was calling me to such work through reading my Bible and praying.  I prayed that He would open the way if it was His will, and He responded by providing with the opportunity for me to teach at a school for missionaries’ children in Pucallpa, Peru for the coming year, maybe more.  The picture above is of a classroom in the school where I would be teaching.

Even after writing that paragraph, I ask myself, “So, why aren’t you going to Peru next year?”  Honestly, I’m not sure that I can fully explain it, but I realized that I had taken my current season for granted.  I felt as though I wasn’t helping as many people here  as I could in Peru.  Worries about money,whether to stay in a sorority, and wanting to focus on school less to focus on God made going to Peru seem like the greener grass on the other side.

That day that I decided to not drop out of school to work and raise money for my missions, that day that I decided to not go to Peru, that day…….that’s when I made the choice to let go of my will and trust that God had put me exactly where I was at the moment.  That was the day that I realized that I was already a missionary–a sharer of the Gospel in every place I went, a lover of His children all around me, a follower of His will no matter what it meant.

We are all missionaries, each and every single one of us.  God has put us each where we are and has given us each talents to use.  While I hope that He will take me to Peru one day, I’ve learned that I simply have to wait peacefully and trust that His will will be done.  We just have to open our eyes to harvest field that we are in–whether it’s a classroom, Starbucks, the office, church, or even a fraternity party.  Once we ask the Lord to send us out into these harvest fields, I think we’ll be surprised by the blessings we gather.

-References to Matthew 9:35-38