Friday, February 20, 2015

Jesus and Java

Today is my day off of work here in Uganda (well technically since you will be reading this on Friday, my day off was yesterday, but you get my point), and I got to spend time with two of my most favorites, Jesus and java! Uganda has truly some of the best coffee since it is situated in the perfect climate for producing coffee. It's delicious, fo real. While I was enjoying my morning cup of joe, I started to reread Ephesians and this verse really stood out to me:

Ephesians 2:10 says,

               "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
                         which God prepared in advance for us to do"

God has called us from the very beginning to do His work, and not just any work, but His good works. The work that He has prepared for us in advance. 

Now I am an avid vacation and travel goer, as is probably already apparent to you if you are familiar to my blog. I absolutely love exploring new places. Now, in vacation organizing, you wouldn't just buy a plane ticket not knowing where it is headed (well I mean maybe you would, but for most people this is not the case.) When Josh and I are getting ready for a vacation we spend meticulous time planning and organizing. We know that we have very little time in the location that we are headed so we want to be able to make the very most of it. We want to make every second count. So we do our research to find out where the best restaurants are and which attractions we want to see. We gather all of the information to be able to have the most amazing vacation. 

In a way, life is a vacation, from our home (being heaven) and now is the season to be making the most of it. In comparison to eternity, our time here on earth is so very short. We need to be producing the greatest amount of health and joy and blessing that we can out of life now, while we are still here. And here's the greatest news, to live life well we don't even have to go through all of that meticulous vacation planning. Our good works, the things that will set us apart to live significant lives in Him, have already been prepared in advance for us. Our incredible journey has already been set. And all we have to do is come into relationship with God and ask Him where it is He is sending us and to whom we are meant to engage with. He will show us the way and we can trust in that because His word has already said it. 

I started asking God a few years back where it is I should go and who I should build relationships with, and in that, God has sent me to some really incredible places. He has sent me halfway around the world to Africa five times already! And He has introduced me to some of the most beautiful people I know. He has given me the amazing opportunity to do His good works over and over again. He has let me see miracles happen along the way. My life has been forever changed for the better, simply by asking God what works He has for me to do today.

Now let me be clear, works does not mean that you have to travel to a foreign country. There may be something that God is directing you to do right where you are in this very moment. You know it because you can feel in the very pit of your stomach, and you may even think to yourself, "Nah, I could never do that. That will never be me." But it's something that continues to plague your mind and your heart in the strangest of ways. 

Starting this blog was a very strong push that I felt from God. To take that step out in faith, when He was telling me I had a voice that people would want to listen to and I was saying, "God, you cray," is something that is still somewhat scary to me, even as i write this now. Blogging to me was actually more scary than getting on a plane by myself and flying to Uganda because it is a more intimate act. But I know that God is calling me to do it. This is something that He has prepared for me, so that I can communicate with people about His love and grace. And my life has honestly been increasingly blessed since I have let go and followed that plan already laid out. 

What is that thing, that good work, you have been feeling Him call you to do? I challenge you to write it down. Do it. Right now. Write it down and ask God if this is what He has prepared for you since the beginning of time. If it is, then you know that you can trust Him and you can follow it. It will lead you into blessings greater than you have ever imagined.  

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