You might have been asked the question before, “How did you know that you were called to missions?” I’m not sure about you, but I pause and take a deep breath before answering. Because, as exciting as it would be, there was no voice from heaven or a name of a country written on the clouds above my head while I prayed.
And I think about the story of Abraham. It’s a story of faith, trust and obedience. If ever there was an obvious call from God, this story tells it. In Genesis 12:1-3, God clearly tells Abraham what to do and promises him blessings to come. When he obeyed and started the journey to an unknown land, God began testing his faith. As a husband, a father, and a man of faith, Abraham’s life was not easy. There were ups and downs, twists and turns in his journey of following God. After difficult tests of famine, separation from his wife, and a battle with four kings, it’s understandable why Abraham had questions and sometimes acted upon his feelings.
Yet one fact stays true in this story and many other life stories of believers in the Bible and believers throughout history - and that’s faith.
Abraham believed. Daniel believed. David had faith. Paul fell before the Lord in humility. Mary replied (in faith), “I am your servant” … and the list goes on. History discloses the life stories of millions of believers who demonstrated their faith in countless ways.
And few had a direct conversation with the Lord.
So as I, a wife in ministry in the 21st century, reflect on that, I am strengthened in faith. I know that my calling is to be faithful to the Lord and to grow in the knowledge of Him. I am to know Him and to make Him known, whenever I can and wherever I am. And if I am given the privilege to fulfill that calling on the opposite end of the world, I am thankful.
Because it’s not about where or in what conditions I serve, but about Who I put my trust in and how faithful I am to Him.
What do you answer to questions about your calling?