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Thoughts from a Mission Trip

Thoughts from a Mission Trip 
By Dave Craigie
 
I’m halfway through this trip. I can see the finish line. I’m tired. I’m excited. I’m spent. I’m sore. Satan has attacked our team with water issues, power issues, illnesses, fatigue, worry, and incredible fear. We’ve shied away from people. The press of humanity has been challenging. The sorrow for our charges has been great. 
 
Why don’t we do something?
 
I feel like I have failed. I ran from children last night. I just couldn’t take being touched again. 

What I’ve probably failed at most is my reliance on God.
 
I downloaded an app called Jesus Calling. The entry from a few days ago reminded me that my weaknesses do not repel God. In fact, the opposite is true. My weakness attracts God’s power.
 
Isaiah 30:15 says, “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”
 
Let’s be the ones who remember our weaknesses attract God’s strength. Instead of despising our shortcomings, we can actually delight in then.
 
This was the entry that spoke to me. May it speak to you as well:
 
“Grow strong in the Light of My Presence. Your weakness does not repel Me. On the contrary, it attracts My Power, which is always available to flow into a yielded heart. Do not condemn yourself for your constant need of help. Instead, come to Me with your gaping neediness; let the Light of My Love fill you.
 
A yielded heart does not whine or rebel when the going gets rough. It musters the courage to thank Me even during hard times. Yielding yourself to My will is ultimately an act of trust. In quietness and trust is your strength.
 
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’ Therefore, you will flee! You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’ Therefore, your pursuers will be swift! A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you will all flee away, till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner on a hill.” – Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore, he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” Isaiah 30:15-18 
 
 Blessed indeed.