Our God is pretty stinking awesome. I know… I don’t have to tell you all that – right???
Do you ever have those days when you God reaches out and hugs you, just when you need it?
Last October I wrote a piece that tore my heart out about a boy I had encountered in Mexico named Daniel. (You can find it here.) After I ran it on my blog, it also ran here… I struggled through hard comments about why I hadn’t done more, and at times questioned myself.
But GOD…. God was up to way more… God used my words, and did what only he can do. A Mama of a Human Trafficking Advocate in Mexico read my words. By the end of the day she had introduced me to her daughter in Mexico. Over the months ahead we would communicate and talk. Her husband was near the area I had seen Daniel due to the Hurricane, and began looking and asking around. I shared with her my experience and some thoughts on how tourists could be more informed. It didn’t seem like a big deal, just casual conversation among two women who God has asked to care about injustice.
But God uses our smallest offerings. He answers prayers in ways we hadn’t imagined. I wish this was a post to tell you that Daniel has been found and is safe and is no longer pushing his wheel barrel. God hasn’t given me that answer (yet!) But, he did use that situation to help raise awareness. (Both mine and others) I learned more in the process and met a new advocate that I continue to follow and pray for.
Recently, I got a Facebook message from my new friend in Mexico thanking me for our conversations. We had specifically spent time talking about how to help tourist in Mexico (and other countries) recognize trafficking. She was able to meet with the National Tourism Union and she is helping give advice on videos on how to prevent and recognize trafficking and sex tourism.
Don’t misunderstand what I’m saying – they aren’t doing this because of Daniel, or what I wrote. But God did use my few words to raise awareness for so many, and ultimately to connect me to someone with a like heart and allow her to hear my heart and voice on the issues.
I can promise you that I have really doubted myself in the Daniel situation. Putting my words out there was hard… receiving some of the feedback was even harder. Maybe I didn’t do enough. Maybe I was a chicken. Maybe I’m not as bold as I think I am. The lies of the enemy came fast and furious.
How often do we allow ourselves to become silent because we aren’t sure that we can “do” anything, or that what we “do” doesn’t really “do” anything? How often do we buy into the theology that we don’t have to “do” anything other than love Jesus. But really, if we love Jesus, we can’t help but “Do” something. If we want to be “like” Jesus and have a heart like him, we have to trust him and his holy spirit guiding us in our “doing” as well as our “being.” We also have to be able to recognize the lies of the enemy. Spend time with Jesus and trust his leading.
Spend time with Jesus and trust his leading, let that sink in. He will use your humble offering in ways beyond what you could imagine.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21