1 step at a time

15 Oct

As we start out on any journey, I think we all want to know the final destination.  When we start a race, we want to know where the finish line is.  It’s just human nature.  If we don’t know where the finish line is, where the destination is, then how in the world are we supposed to end up there?  How are we supposed to end up where we are supposed to be, where we desire to go?  Thats been one of the more challenging things to figure out the past couple months/years.

People ask us a lot about what our plans are, where we are headed, where we are going to end up, and honestly we don’t have a good answer.  It sounds crazy.  But as we have been on this journey, we both have come to realize that evidently this is the way God works in our lives.  He never gives us the full picture, and we know that can be frustrating at times as we tell people our story.  But then again, we can plan and plan and plan, and sometimes I think God looks at us and laughs. We have come to trust Our Lord and Savior much more and He always comes through and proves His Faithfulness and His guidance.

Its funny how God works sometimes.  It’s like sometimes we are so hard headed that He keeps on telling us the same thing over and over through different people until it finally is learned.  As we were praying through this,  I talked to my missions pastor about what we felt God leading us to do.  He told me in all his years, one lesson he had learned is that sometimes God wants you to take that first step and then He starts to reveal Himself and His will more.  So thats what we did.  Me and Cynthia spent this summer travelling to Ukraine and Honduras on mission trips working with orphans to try and see what God would show us and where God wanted us. Through several different instances we came to the same conclusion that god wanted us in Honduras to train with Give Hope 2 kids.

When I returned from Honduras, our discipleship pastor preached a sermon on Bold Obedience, and spoke about how sometimes we have to step out in faith, not knowing exactly where we are headed, but knowing that God is leading and He will provide.  That was the second time I heard that theme mentioned.

And finally last week, our Head pastor preached his wednesday night message on Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my foot, a light on my path.  Think about it, a lamp to our feet, not a flashlight, a high beam, the sun, but a lamp.  Sure a lamp provides light, but not a lot, only enough to see a little in front of where your walking, not the destination, but the next step.  But then it says a light to my path.  Jesus says in John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Though we only can see our next step, we know where we are heading, and that is towards Christ. That is our goal, drawing closer to our Savior in our walk each day.

To summarize everything for you, we feel Jesus leading us towards Honduras as we said in our first blog to learn, train, and share His love to others.  Not sure if that is where Jesus calls us to stay, or if He will lead us to replicate this model in another place, or another country, but we know our next step, and we know we are aiming towards Jesus.  I hope this can encourage you to take that step of faith if you have ever felt a spiritual nudge to change up, to reach out, to serve, etc.  God always proves over and over that He is faithful and His love endures forever.

God bless and thanks for the prayers

Jacob and Cynthia Baker


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