Saturday, August 13, 2011

Tough Calling

In the summit yesterday morning Mama Maggie Gobran spoke to us thru a heart of love and humility in such a way that it moved me very deeply!  She serves the poor in the slums of Cairo, Egypt.  There, Christians are looked down upon and struggle to survive.  The poorest of them collect garbage from the packed streets of the city and take it back to "homes" (generally just an area where the pile the garbage and sleep & live among it).  They sort thru the garbage for items that can be recycled for money.  This is how they survive.

Mama Maggie left her comfortable home and her teaching position at American University in Cairo to serve these forsaken people and their children.  She answered the tough call God put on her life.

As she was talking, God showed me that Mom & Dad had also answered every tough call he put on their lives.  Moving thousands of miles away from home with 4 small children was just the beginning of tough calls.  When they were on Guam, they only called home one time in over 5 years.  Phone calls were just too expensive.

It seemed that every time they became comfortable in a spot, God would nudge them out of their comfort zone and into a new adventure.  Each time the call came they answered.  They did not let the world dictate to them or measure their success.  Like Jeremiah, they kept going and doing what God called them to do and did not measure their results.  After all, the results are up to God.  

What is God calling me to do?  I have been contemplating that for some time now.  At least now I feel I have a better idea how to hear from God.  I just have to implement it.  More on that to come!

Psalm 95:6-7 (The Message)
"So come, let us worship: bow before him,
      on your knees before God, who made us!
   Oh yes, he's our God,
      and we're the people he pastures, the flock he feeds.
 Drop everything and listen, listen as he speaks;"

In silence I must listen!

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