Posted by: macahajo | April 13, 2014

Despite my circumstances…

It’s been a long journey to Africa for our family. It was in the late summer of 2010 when the Lord started to call us back to Africa. Then, it was in January, 2012 when we traveled to Cameroon for our vision trip with ReachGlobal. Mark finished serving at church last May, 2013 so that we could develop ministry partners full-time in preparation for going overseas.

Along this journey, we have had many good days; good days when our hearts were encouraged and blessed. We were encouraged when we received an email from a man or woman telling us how God led them to join the Africa ministry with us, taking a step of faith and giving to the work. We were encouraged and blessed when we would get sweet time together with other brothers or sisters in Christ who love Him.

And we have had many hard days; hard days when our hearts were discouraged and depressed. We got depressed when the ones we thought would want to be a part of this ministry with us, didn’t want to. Or when the percentage points to being fully funded seemed to go up so slowly. We wondered how we would ever get to Africa. We wondered why this was taking so long.

One morning, when I was feeling discouraged, I started to pray. And the Lord reminded me of Philippians 4:11b-13 which says,

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

The Lord spoke to my heart that morning about how I need to be content in all circumstances. I need to be content despite my circumstances. I am learning along this journey how I need to give my emotions to the Lord. I will still get discouraged and depressed sometimes, but I can’t let those feelings rule my life.

I love the example David gave us in Psalm 13. At the beginning of that Psalm, David is depressed! He is desperately crying out to God, “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?…”

But then, after David expresses everything he is feeling to God, he says, “But I trust in your unfailing love. My heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord for he has been good to me.”   Regardless of his circumstances and despite how depressed he felt, David turned his eyes to the Lord, trusting Him and remembering the good things that He has done. May we do the same.

-Cathy Lynn

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