"The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed" ~ Hudson Taylor
I have two daughters ~ the lunatic one & the other one. Chalk & cheese. The difference between strong drink & Adam's Ale. I'm more like Ditz but it is Liddy I admire.
I have watched, with some bewilderment & the sort of bemusement that just doesn't comprehend how on earth this even happened, the Lord plant a seed in Liddy's heart that is about to reach fruition.
I am a parent of little patience & when I lose it I can rant to some purpose for a considerable length of time. One of the things my kids quickly learnt is never, ever whinge about how badly off they are because I can tell you the sort of stories than will make your hair stand up straight & fall right out! No child from a white, middle class, western world culture should ever whinge they are hard done by! End of story. They are marrying babies to old men in Africa, selling them into sex slavery in the Middle East & plain shooting them to death like vermin in Brazil. I shoot my mouth of a lot on occasion. Liddy was on the receiving end of one of my rants; the one about shooting the street kids in Brazil. It roused her horror & empathy. She worried at it like a dog with a choice bone. It bore unexpected fruit. It was as though God stretched out his finger & said, "You".
So far as Liddy is concerned it has been a slow & painful process waiting on the Lord, growing in the Lord, being patient while He put everything in place. Liddy is not one of my patient children. Actually I don't think I have any patient children. She has fretted & fussed, ranted & raved, despaired & desponded, questioned if God really meant it when He said, "You". It seems He really did after all. This is the opening we are asking for prayer on. She has nearly 12 months to prepare for this. Twelve months to be sure this is God's leading in her life. Twelve months to garner a prayer base. Notice street kids & soccer ~ the two great loves of Liddy's life!
So if you are the praying sort ~ & I know quite a few of you are ~ please pray for Liddy & God's leading on her life but also pray for the rest of us because we are called to let her go & fulfil the destiny of God on her life. I'm not stupid enough to think this will be easy. Chile is a long, long way from home. Two years can seem like an eternity.
Just one thing though, Lid: when you get lost in some strange Chilean city, don't ring home & ask me to get on the net, look up the city map & talk you to your destination! I won't thank you for it & I will worry far to much about you being let lose on your own!