Entering the mission field stretches you beyond your ability and challenges you greatly. Since coming to Kenya, the Lord has been kind to meet me where I am holistically. He has been Patient when I question what He has for me here, Strength when I feel incapable of such a privilege this summer, and Rest when I desperately need to come and sit at His feet.
In the beginning of our internship, my team read and discussed Chapter 3 of the book Whisper. The author, Mark Batterson, emphasizes the importance of the Spirit’s voice being the loudest in your life. He has found this best done in what he calls his “whispering spots”, which are places where he regularly and intentionally meets God to pray and listen. In his words, “Listening doesn’t happen by default; it happens by design. You have to go outside the camp and build a tent of meeting. You have to seek solitude, seek silence. You have to ruthlessly eliminate distractions and you have to turn some voices down or tune them out altogether” (pg. 46).
After reading this, I was walking around the AfricaHope campus looking for a place that I could go and meet Him regularly and He eventually led me to this huge rock in the corner of a field. It is near a river that you can hear, and is secluded enough for me to verbally worship through song and prayer.
Metaphorically, He literally led me to Himself—Christ, our Rock. He not only gave me a place to begin to discern His voice, but He overflowed reminders of His Word in my heart.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And then the rain fell, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25
“Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.” Psalm 61:1-2
He is our Rock in which we can continually come and if we build our life upon His Word, He will sustain us—even in the new and seemingly uncomfortable circumstances.
Since meeting Him daily, He has strengthened me. In my faithfulness, He has reminded me of truth—none of His purposes for us can be thwarted. Relationships have flourished because of my steadfast pursuit and trust in Him, and He has opened my heart to see the way He is working in and through my team daily.
We all have something to glean from the Spirit while on mission because He calls us to places so that He may guide us further to Himself. This begs the question: What is He trying to show you now through the still, small voice of His Spirit?