|Posted by Tina kadolph on January 17, 2013 at 8:45 PM|
"Whoever can be trusted with little can be trusted with much!" Luke 16:10a
Are you faithful with the little? Do you really want the much?
I think we feel at times that the little is all we can handle, so we hold ourselves back from the “Greater” God has for us. As we ask ourselves this question, we might think, "What will the “much” require?" It can be scary to move into the unknown. What if God asks us to do something crazy? It is just easier to stay where I am, doing what I know.
So, we are happy to live our lives with the little, yet still yearn for the much.
I love adventure! But I have many friends that don’t. My favorite adventures are the ones with God! Really, those are daily! But, for me, when I go on a mission trip, it is so exciting for me because it is a new adventure. Every trip is different and is new to me because, though I try, I can’t plan out every detail of the trip. No matter how much time I put into planning the trip, God will change my plan. That used to really bother me. I wanted to plan out everything, every detail, every minute.
I laugh when I think about the first mission trip I led. I had our daily itinerary all done and I was ready to do this thing. I had 21 people I brought with me that I was responsible for. So, the very first day, things happened and already my plan wasn’t working. We were on the Navajo Reservation and we were going to be a part of what they call a camp meeting. This is when they invite the community and people from other places on the reservation. They worship, pray, preach and eat! Well, this was my first time, so I had a lot to learn. We were told the service would start at 9:00 am. We planned, I got my group all ready, and we were in the outside arbor, ready to go! We waited, and we waited and waited. No one was there but us, all ready to go. Ha ha! So I wondered, "Did I get the time wrong?" My group asked, "Are you sure it was at 9:00?" I started doubting. Hmmm maybe he said 10? So finally, at about 9:30 am, the pastor showed up.
"Ok, we are ready!! Let's get going here." He said good morning to us all and just walked around like he had all the time in the world. What? What is he thinking? We need to get going. We have a schedule to keep. Lots to do today! I was getting frustrated.
Then a few others came. At about 10:15 am, the pastor started preaching. He had only us and two others there. As he preached, he preached in English and Navajo. It was so awesome. But I felt bad no one was there. Then, slowly, more came and, by then, it was 11:30 and more came. As the pastor continued to preach, others came. When I looked around at that point, it was full and he continued to preach. It was 1:00 pm and he still preached. Now I started wondering, when is he going to stop? We need to have lunch and then we need to do all the things that are on our to do list for the day. We are way behind schedule. The young people in our group didn’t seem to mind, but I did. "They must be hungry. I’m hungry! The pastor must be hungry. Come on pastor lets wrap this up." When he finally stopped, it was 2:00 pm. I was really anxious as he came up to me. He said, "Are you ok?" I said, "Yes, of course, I'm so happy to be here and loved the service." But, as I spoke, I was thinking that we had lots to do today. And shouldn’t we start lunch? He actually had a group of people fixing lunch for us while he had been preaching and they were serving lots of traditional foods. Exciting! But I wasn’t aware that he had a plan. I was very concerned. I looked at my watch for the hundredth time. The Pastor looked at me and his comment changed my life. He said “That watch of yours, you can just throw that away. You are on Navajo time now. We just go with the Spirit of God as He leads.” Wow, I would like to say I was always led by the Spirit of God. But I realized I had been led by my watch (Time). I want to be led by the Spirit of God. But we learn to watch the clock even when God is moving. We were on Navajo time, or God’s time, and doing things His way, not mine. Everything that God wanted done that day was completed and we had the best time of our lives.
So now, after 11 years, I love when I lead teams to the reservation. I get to watch newcomers looking at their watches and I just explain to them that we are on Navajo time. They look at me like….. "What?" And by the time they leave, they have learned what I was telling them. God shows them we are in His perfect timing if we will just relax and allow him to be in control. Quit worrying and trust Him.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 6:25-27
I love to throw that out when I’m running behind at home too. I just say, "Sorry, I’m on Navajo time." I love that! But what I really love is being on God’s time, on God’s adventure and not being able to control it because he is in control on every trip I take. He always has his own plan. Now, I love to watch and see what he has for us on each trip. I love His adventure in His time!
So back to my question: Do you just want to stay with the little? Or do you want the greater God has for you? Even if it means being on God’s time and not yours? Even if it takes you out of your comfort zone? Even if it seems like this is the craziest thing you have ever heard God say? Are you willing? Because I can tell you that, if you are willing, he WILL do the Greater. It will be an adventure you will never forget! Join me on aGod adventure. Join me on our next mission trip! It will change your life.
We have trips to the Navajo Reservation, South America, Haiti, Brooklyn, New York, and India.
"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much…" ~ Luke 16:10a