All that said, God really does work in mysterious ways! Missions and ministry have been my passion since I was about five years old, but I've encountered very few opportunities to serve. Wellll. . .just today I found out about a Christian-based coffee shop literally five minutes from my house. Seriously, I've been praying so hard that God will use this bumbling, stumbling excuse of a Christian for His kingdom.
I think I may have found my calling. :)
The cafe serves coffee and other hot drinks, meals, fellowship, Bible's, and the gospel of Jesus Christ to poverty stricken teens and families. I am so excited I could scream! Not only do I get to serve coffee. . .but I can give the gospel, something organizations like the Salvation Army does not offer. Going tomorrow for my background check. Please keep me in your prayers!
Are you burdened? We all walk our own, private Valley of Shadows. Please, whatever you do, don't give up. It may be too dark, engulfing you, pulling you down, convincing you there is no restoration, no hope, no reason to move forward. Friend, keep those eyes trained on Jesus! Whatever you do, no matter how confusing, no matter how mind boggling--He cares. He sees. Even when He is silent. Even when you may never understand. There is always a plan. There is always a purpose. Look toward the future. I promise, it may not be in this lifetime, but all this mess of humanity WILL make sense. If I have but one mission statement, this would be my motto: Jesus KNOWS. If anything, the harder the trial, the deeper the pain, be rest assured. . .the harder He's working. You must be doing something right if you are facing adversity. Really, in the strange, beautiful mystery of the Christian life, these valleys, these dips in the road. . .are a privilege. Don't ever question who you are in Him. You WILL be rewarded. :)
"Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God." -Jim Elliot