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Shoot For The Moon

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“If you do not hope, you do not find out what is beyond your hopes.”                         

 Clement of Alexandria

I’ve hoped and dreamed and trusted for so many years for so many things. Some have become reality and some haven’t. Why is this so? I don’t think I’m able to grasp the “why” of each circumstance. I do know that I somehow still find in myself the grip of my going on with my dreaming, hoping, and trusting.

What if what I’ve dreamed of, hoped for, and trusted is on the way is just beyond this moment I’m in?

What is the alternative to dreaming, hoping and trusting?

Shoot For The Moon

I’ve heard it said that if you shoot for the moon, you might hit the stars. If you shoot for nothing, that is exactly what you will get. I think the chance of hitting a few stars is more appealing to me than achieving nothing at all.

As if our own internal struggles weren’t enough to tempt us to discouragement, there are those who have taken up the cause to help us “think things through logically.” Or to be “wise” in the way we approach things. Indeed, we are to live in wisdom, but not the wisdom that this world is accustomed to:

1 Corinthians 1:20,21, CEB “Where are the wise? Where are the legal experts? Where are today’s debaters? Hasn’t God made the wisdom of the world foolish? In God’s wisdom, He determined that the world wouldn’t come to know him through its wisdom. Instead, God was pleased to save those who believe through the foolishness of preaching.”

Wisdom That Runs Cross-Grain

Wisdom that comes from God will always run cross-grain to that what this world considers to be wise. Certainly my life doesn’t appear to have been lived wisely as far as this world’s wisdom is concerned. First of all, I didn’t get a degree that would promise me a lucrative career. Imagine spending years studying Theology and Christian Social Ministry. It doesn’t bring in much money even though I earned my Master’s Degree. Even so, I loved every bit of my studies. A part of me wishes I could go on further but time, location, and cost give me reason to pause.

Where I’m located (Burundi) also presents a problem as far as the wisdom of this world is concerned. I’m far from family, friends, and my home culture. I can’t tell you how painful it is to be far from our families but The Name is worth the living and giving of all of our lives (see Acts 5:41, that’s a blog for another day).

Not A Lucrative Career Choice

To fit in, I’ve had to learn languages, cultural cues that make no sense to me, and face misunderstanding on every side. Why choose to be far away? Why choose such a road? How will you pay for all the things you say you’re going to do? How will you afford retirement? While we have saved regularly, our little savings is far from what is projected that we would need later on in life. Missions work is definitely not a lucrative career choice, but it’s the only choice that’s right for me.

Misfits

There are no easy answers to any of those questions as far as “normal” people are concerned and it’s painfully obvious that I’m not a normal person and I didn’t marry a normal person either. We are a terrific misfit couple and are comfortable in our “abnormal” normal (for us) life. This doesn’t mean we don’t struggle or feel anything, it simply means that the One Who pulls us to do what we do, hope for what we hope for, dream as we do, and trust when everything says “give up” is far more powerful than any opposition and hardship we face.

Life On The Wild Side

Who will step in and resuce me when things go upside down? Not anyone who has tried to convince me to do something more “reasonable” with my life. Those who would prefer me to live “safely” would find something unfortunate to say even if I lived “safely” according to what the world thinks is wise. The only One Who has the power to save, and has saved me each and every time I’ve needed it, stands by my side keeping watch over me and mine.

It’s for Him that I’ve chosen to live life on the wild side. What an adventure it has been!

Psalm 11:1,4 LB “How dare you tell me, ‘Flee to the mountains for safety,’ when I am trusting in the Lord?…But the Lord is still in His holy temple; He still rules from heaven…”

He still rules and that is more than enough for me. I will always shoot for the moon, I might just hit something.

4 thoughts on “Shoot For The Moon”

    1. Thank you Lynn, God is so faithful!

  1. Michele – Sunny and sometimes rainy South Florida is where I call home. I love spending time with my family and closest friends. Grab a cup of cool iced tea, lemonade, or iced coffee. Sit a while and relax. Check back in a few days new words will be there to ponder. Each day a prayer or nuggets of wisdom from Scripture is posted to start you on your day.
    Michele says:

    Hey Leah,

    Thanks for this post. As I grow in my walk with Christ I can see how there are things in my life that don’t fit the world’s way but definitely God’s way. As I progress in my life, i’ve had numerous examples of the awesome power of prayer. I have encountered the blank stares and disbelief from some of our brothers and sisters and the unsaved when I insist upon the following truths.

    Your neighborhood is your mission field. Don’t plan to leave until you can clearly see that and pray God’s presence in that neighborhood regardless of what you see.

    Prayer will change people from the inside out not the other way around.

    The same spirit that deceived Adam and Eve is still at work today. It has not gone asleep or taken a vacation.

    Your one line “Not anyone who has tried to convince me to do something more “reasonable” with my life – for they would find something unfortunate to say even if I lived “safely” according to what the world thinks is wise.” is priceless. People seem to give advice, well-meaning, but wrong for the place God is directing us to go.

    Thanks for your encouragement. I have found that God Almighty sustains, keeps, and maintains me. Prayer is the greatest honor and most powerful weapon any of us have in this daily battle to win souls and show Christ in our lifestyles. I will continue to give prayer as the answer to see change even when the greatest change has to be in me.

    Thanks again. aka Nala’s new mom.

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