Today, as I was doing my devotion I read about "risky business". In Matthew 1:18-25 the bible lays out the story of the birth of Jesus. You see at the time the angel came to Mary to tell her that she was going to be the mother Jesus....the Savior of the world she was not yet married. The angel also appeared to Joseph to tell him of the plan. Can you imagine what must of been going through his mind. You see he was engaged but was just told that his soon to be wife was going to have a baby that was not his. Now, while this was a grand opportunity, responsibility,and a blessing it was also a risk. The world did not know the things that Mary and Joseph knew. The world we know did not understand who Jesus was. I am thankful that Joseph took the risk to marry and be the earthly father of Jesus.
Last night we learned of a sweet 13 year old girl that was shot here in Honduras. This little girl just graduated so to speak from the class that Mark and I teach on Wednesday nights. At first this little girl was a handful. She was a talker and loved to distract in class. However, we were able to lead her to the Lord one night after class and she began to grow and to change. She became a sweet girl who wanted to always read the first scripture when we started bible time, she picked the first song to sing. She became a joy to have. Yesterday, her life was forever changed as she got in the car with some of her friends. Her friend was turning 8 yesterday and they were headed to a birthday party for her. The little girls daddy(the 8 year old) owns a gas station on the far side of town here. While driving to the party they were forced off the road and they were all shot and killed. The little girl from our class took off running and they shot her in the back ...she ended up with 6 shot wounds. As the shots came, she fell to the ground. The bad guys left her..... thinking she was dead.....but a witness picked her up and drove her to a safe hospital. How risky........yes. Gangs here do not play. They are pure evil and are truly the laborers of the devil. They do nothing more than he...which is to seek and destroy. I can not give any names or any other information but the Lord knows. Please pray for her. Brother Matt was able to talk with her daddy. She was alert this morning her daddy said and she was sad that she could not be in church....PRAISE the Lord.....what a testominy she can have. The Lord has plans for her...but her life is now a risk.
My question for you is this....are you taking a risk.....are you obeying the call that God has laid on your heart? Being a missionary in another country is risky business. We are no different than anyone else here. We do know that we all would be very unhappy if we were out of the will of God. We do not let the risk keep us from trusting and obeying the call. I can not lie and say that at times we are all not concerned and even frightened by the things that we hear. However, we know that GOD himself has called us here and he will protect us if we only trust and obey.
"When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory HE sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
and with all who will Trust and Obey!-Sammis