We met missionaries in northern Thailand, and when our pastor asked about their work, that was the gentleman’s response. It was a tongue-in-cheek statement wrapped around a little bit of truth. We all laughed, not because it was funny, but because we understood.
Seems like life is like that too often, huh? Raising kids, being a good spouse, serving God…I do not know about you, but those six words pretty much sum up how I feel about how I do 90% of what I do. For the most part, this feeling comes from looking around me and seeing how everyone else (or even one person) does _________ differently from me. I begin to doubt my “why” and “how”, and wonder if I should do it their way.
The funny thing is, prior to coming to the mission field, I did not have this problem. If I was confident the path I was walking was the one the Lord had set before me, then I did not worry about what others thought. Don’t get me wrong–I’m not a rash person by any means. There is usually quite a bit of thought put into everything I do–from “why to “how”–but I have never been afraid of people disagreeing with me. As a matter of fact, someone once told me I had a gift of being able to state my opinion, feelings, or the facts of a situation, and just leave it there for the other person to deal with. This was an accurate description of me… until we moved here. All of a sudden, I started doubting EVERYTHING!!!!
I think part of this comes from the fact that I like rules, and there is not a good “Missionary Rule Book” to follow when you bring older kids to the mission field. I realized very quickly I was going to have to trust my Bible, and my husband. Easy to say, hard to practice! But over the past year, God has shown me again and again, He is in control. If I will just be still and let Him work, then it will all work out. That does not mean it will always be easy; but if I rely on His strength, it will get done. This is a great thing, because all that matters is getting His work done here in Thailand!
1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
Hi! My name is Rachael and I am a child of God. I was saved from sin and all its bondage at the age of 21. I am married to an incredible man. He constantly challenges me to grow closer to my Saviour. We have three beautiful children that love the Lord. Currently, our family is preparing to go to Thailand as missionaries.