Undisclosed location, South Asia
July 8, 2010
Isaiah 61:11 “For as the soil makes the sprout come up and the garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.”
I left Houston on Monday and headed to South Asia to experience another one of God’s great adventures. I am leading a team of students from Kingsland Baptist Church, along with other 8 or so adults. Whenever I fly, I always imagine God taking the tiny airplane between His gigantic fingers and carrying it through the air to my destination, and then gently placing it on the ground. It is the same prayer I always pray before any flight, no matter how long and far. So as our plane lifted off, I prayed “Lord, take this plane and carry it with your strong hands and gently place it down when we arrive at our destination.”
After I prayed my prayer and we lifted off, I felt a strong sense of peace. God reminded me of His faithfulness and I rejoiced over the small things, such as room for my feet and good company. This entire journey has been clothed in prayer, not just in the last days of preparation, but in months of yearning to see the faces of the innocent saved.
As I reached for my Bible, it opened to Isaiah 61. This chapter is so relevant to our cause and to what we are hoping to accomplish by going to Asia. If I had room, I would go line by line though Isaiah 61, but, the last part of the chapter caught my attention.
“I delight greatly in the Lord; for my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and like a bride adorns herself with jewels. For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.” Isaiah 61:10
Getting to know these young men and women has been a joy to me. After traveling 3 days without much sleep, weariness sets in, however, on the Wednesday morning after arriving at our place of stay, they all geared back up to walk to Mother Teresa’s house to receive our assignments for the next week. We’ve had to make many changes and adjustments, but we are all ready to be used to impact God’s kingdom. As we walk the filthy streets of this city, serve at Mother Teresa’s and minister in our aftercare home, pray that their salvation would beam like royal jewels, and that as a garden causes a seed to grow, the beauty of your Majesty would shine through them to make sprouts of praise spring up from Asia.’