Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Will You Go?

Last Sunday our family visited a new church. I met the wife of the pastor a couple years ago at a mom's group in a nearby city. We wanted to go and get a glimpse of what God is doing in their lives and in the lives of those they are serving. Fields Church. One distinctive of theirs is: simple. Simple has the ability to be utterly powerful. No fanfare, no escort of your children to another facility, no glamor. It was intensely refreshing. As I looked around, we were welcomed by smiles which represented many different ethnicities. My heart rejoiced during worship knowing this was just a small picture of what heaven would be like ... gathered with people from every tribe, tongue and nation. It's not often we get to experience that with our multi-ethnic family in very rural Illinois. Thanks, Fields Church! We were blessed!

All week this song has been in my head. It was new to me. As we sang, I couldn't help but think back a little over seven years ago when our three young sons grabbed on to God's call to care for those in need. Take a listen: I Will Go {by Starfield}.

Oh that God's people would wake up and listen, hear and go. As Americans so often we are SICK with SELF. We are so consumed with SELF that we often have nothing left for OTHERS.

The lost ... the poor .... the hungry. We can find that right in our communities. Are we looking? Are we brave enough to even open our eyes and LOOK?

"To the desperate eyes and reaching hands
To the suffering and the lean
To the ones the world has cast aside
Where you want me I will be"

Can you imagine the changes we would see if we lived out that last line? "Where you want me I will be."

"Let me not be blind with privilege
Give me eyes to see the pain
Let the blessing You've poured out on me
Not be spent on me in vain
Let this life be used for change"

Every word in this song goes against the grain of our culture today. I have to wonder what God could do in and through a generation that would have a heart like His.

It may be that lonely widow down the road that needs so badly to know everyone has not forgotten them. It may be that child waiting half a world away .... needing a family. {GO VISIT the Alexander Family - be prepared to witness something amazing}

So often in the church we focus on giving our tithe, money .... I believe God wants so much more of us than that. Every breath we take is because of His mercy and provision for life. What we need to ask ourselves is WHAT are we gonna DO with our lives?

I get so weary of hearing about "my financial security" in this generation. Yes, God calls us to good stewardship. But it is often an idol today. More on that another time.

Just a year ago I buried my earthly father. Guess what y'all ... we take NOTHING with us.

Would you join me in asking the Lord what He would have for each of us to do? It might be that He'd have you go just down the road ...... wherever it is .... will you go?


  1. "Let the blessing You've poured out on me
    Not be spent on me in vain
    Let this life be used for change."

    He's poured so much into me.
    Pray that I will go where He leads and bring glory to our King.

  2. Shelly,

    It's nice to meet you. I founds you via another's blog. I was quickly caught up in your blog, cycling into older posts, loving to hear about your adoption story. I have several adopted nephews, and many adopted friends' kids. Having lived overseas for a while too, the beautiful diversity of God's kids around the world grab my heart too.

    Thanks for letting me stop by.

    Jennifer Dougan