I know a missionary who is six years-old. On days that I am really struggling, God sends her to minister to my heart with a flower, a drawing, or lots of stories about her day in first grade and how to beat different levels on her favorite Wii game. She always shows up at just the right time, and somehow whatever was exploding my world apart doesn’t seem quite so big or scary any more after our conversations, and I see more clearly God’s gifts all around me. Gifts to remind me that He sees me, He still loves me, that I matter to Him, and that He’s got it under control.
What I think is awesome about my friend is that she doesn’t know she is a missionary. She is simply present and aware of whatever is going on around her, and when she feels the urge to come visit, she does. When she visits, she doesn’t labor over what to do or say, if she is good enough, if the timing is right, or how she will be perceived. She just brings herself (and maybe a doll), and that’s enough. At some point, she runs out of things to say or her dad comes to remind her that it’s time to come home, and she leaves me with a smile and a wave.
I think being a missionary actually can be that simple most of the time…
- Be available—watching and listening for opportunities, open to hearing the Holy Spirit’s prompting.
- Just go. When you do sense that prompting, don’t worry about how or if you are good enough. Just do what God is asking you to do, and trust Him to show you how.
- Bring yourself. Be authentically who God made you to be, and allow the Holy Spirit use who you are to minister in ways you may not even realize.
- Leave it in God’s hands. It’s not up to you to fix someone or a situation. Do what Jesus has asked you to do; say what He’s asked you to say. Then leave them in God’s hands and let Him continue His work.
“Again He said, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” John 20:21 (NLT)
*Twice a month, we send out a short devotional to our volunteers. This was written and sent out by Andrea Keele on September 10, 2014.