27 Jun, 2013

Risky Living (Belize Mission Trip Part 1) and “Roots for the Journey” CD Giveaway

As we boarded the outbound plane at MSP with the other families from Oak Hills Church, anxious thoughts swirled around in my head. I looked at my 2 oldest daughters and thought, “Maybe Clara and Avery are too young for a mission trip. What were we thinking? What if they get sick or hurt?” In that moment, I realized that I had no way to personally guarantee that our family would return home safely.

You see, Jeremy and I had prayed about this trip for months and felt confident for a long time that the Lord was leading our family to work with Kidz Konnect 4 Jesus to minister to children and families in Belize. I don’t know about you, but there are key moments when I’m about to do something new with God that heighten my awareness of my need for Him. This was one of those moments.

The “fasten seatbelt” light turned on and I looked down at my sweet 7-year-old, Avery who was watching expectantly out the window. Knowing my anxious thoughts (Psalm 139:2), God whispered this to my heart-

“Jen, your children are not safe because you are with them. They are safe because I am with them.”

In moments that feel risky, we can choose to either trust God or:

Get off the plane.

Go home.

Drive on all paved, familiar streets.

Keep the routine.

Stay comfortable.

Live in the false security of being in control.

The truth is, life is risky. Driving to the grocery store, taking a vacation, swimming, climbing trees in your own yard- all of these are risky because we can never know what will actually happen 5 minutes from now.

James 4:13-14- Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

But we serve a God that is not limited by time or space and already knows what tomorrow holds.

Since our lives are like a vapor, we have to choose what we will do with these brief moments on earth.

The only way to avoid risk is to not live.

Not living is not an option.

With all of my heart, I want my children to experience a full life in Christ. My desire is to model it and invite my children to experience the adventure of following Jesus.

John 10:10- The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

As the plane prepared for take-off, I leaned back into my chair and held Avery’s hand. The plane sped down the runway and Avery’s eyes opened wide as it lifted. Grinning from ear to ear she exclaimed, “We’re in the air, Mommy! Look! We’re flying!”

This was only the beginning of the beautiful adventure God had in store for our family.

30,000 feet above the earth, the beautiful words of the song “Safe” played in my mind. It’s from Yancy’s album- “Roots for the Journey” and was actually an encouragement to me a number of times on our trip. You can listen here.

If you would like to be entered to win one of two copies of “Roots for the Journey”, leave a comment on this post and share:

1. A time when you followed God and took a risk  OR

2. Something that you believe God is asking you to trust him with right now

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  • This is so good Jen! I cried the whole way home after dropping Chris and Jack off at the airport to meet you guys that morning. I felt so helpless knowing that there was nothing I could do to keep Jack safe while he was in Belize. What a growing experience for me to have to give my fears and anxieties to The Lord daily, knowing the He is in control, not me, no matter how hard I try.

    • Thanks so much for sharing, Dawn! I can only imagine how difficult that was. I was nervous about Violet driving across the country with her grandparents, but I was at least able to visualize the car she was in, the home she was staying at, the city, etc. Even with that,the truth remains that God is good and he’s the only one who has the full picture. Thanks for supporting Chris and Jack for this trip. Our team definitely needed them and they were such a blessing to the kids in Belize.

  • I love your blog Mom! Your SUCH an inspiration to me!

    Clara (your daughter) ;$)


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