“Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess it…” (Deuteronomy 1:8)
Words that echoed in my heart the other morning as I was reading a book about a man named Rees Howell who was a missionary at the turn of the 20th century. This was a verse the Lord had spoken to Him as He had labored, surrendered, yielded Himself to the Spirit within Him while the calling on His life was beginning to take shape.
And as I sit here now, getting read to leave for Costa Rica tomorrow I feel that this word is for me as well even though there is a large part of me that hasn’t understood what the Lord is placing ahead of me in this country.
As I have mulled over what this trip might shape up to be as I travel to Central America in order to be immersed in the Spanish language and a culture completely counter to my own, I am regretful because I have sparsely covered it in prayer. My spirit has leapt at the thought of leaving for the Dominican Republic in September, I can’t help but pray daily and steadfastly for what lies ahead as I step into a ministry I know the Lord has set before me, a calling I have clearly received.
But, when I think about three six weeks ahead of me, I have often thought of it as just a means to an end. Of course, there has been much anticipation and I cannot wait to set foot in another new territory that has beauty beyond comparison and I am always ignited by a new adventure. I am overjoyed that I get to learn a language I love and quite literally need for the next year of my life, but as the Lord has spoken to me this morning and as He is speaking in this very moment, He is setting a foreign land before me, one that He loves, one that He cares deeply for. Kingdom advancement is always possible through a vessel that is willing and yielded to the Great Comissioner Himself. I am excited by what this unknown “possession” may be and I am expectant that the Lord will quicken my heart and Spirit to what He has in the first minutes, moments, and days that I spend there.
The Lord has been testing my hearing as I have sat in His presence and pleaded with Him to speak into the many matters I have faced daily in the last month. he intimacy has reached new depths and I have realized that in the place of abiding the Spirit is always willing to share. It is a beautiful reality, a gripping mystery, an undeniable friendship.
Please pray for me that the Lord would speak and direct this mission He is just now igniting in my heart as I leave for Costa Rica to spend the next six weeks studying language and culture. Pray that I would believe there is a possession in this land that is awaiting and that I would be attentive to the Spirit’s leading in accordance to the Father’s plans.