I’ve been home a week and have hit the ground running. It’s left me little time to reflect on the Ethiopia trip, as I had to dive right back into teaching here, getting up to speed on our church property and how the marketing of the property is progressing, etc.
Preparing for Sunday, I’ve slowed down somewhat to look at pictures and think back over the trip. The Lord spoke specific words to me about WHY he led me to Ethiopia and opened up more things in prayer.
The best thing about going to Ethiopia? It was born out of prayer. I was not asking for anything in particular, but out of prayer these past two years, I have asked what God wants for me and the church. Out of that ASKING came the opportunities.
The best thing to come out of this trip is the sense that I only want to pray God’s prayers. I truly want to be captured by his vision! I am driven not by a desire for Ethiopia, but a desire to KNOW HIM… and that has led us to the opportunities that abound in Ethiopia.
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (Phil. 3:12)
I don’t want to press on to DO more things. I want to press on to APPREHEND CHRIST!