So, like I mentioned in my last post...I went off to Mexico. This trip is SO near and dear to my heart. It was my 4th time, and we go to the same church every year so I had 4 girls that I love with my whole dang heart waiting for me there. It was so good to see them...SO GOOD. And before I go on with everything that happened on this trip I just have to say this one small detail...THEIR MOM ACCEPTED CHRIST!!! I am so, so, so, so, so happy that when I get to Heaven I get to hang out with that woman. Praise God for moving in her heart, it is so dang awesome! I have known her for 4 years, and she has dealt with a LOT but God is doing great things for her.
God worked in my heart a pretty ridiculous amount too this week. The theme was unshakeable, and I feel like God has kept bringing that up for me. I am weak, I am moved by anything, I am moved by the crazy winds of life, but GOD is unshakeable. So not only is it not about me, it just can't be. If it's about me, everything falls apart. But if I stand firm in Christ? Well some pretty sweet stuff can happen. And what do you know! Scripture backs me up!
"There my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor is not in vain." 1 Corinthians 15:58
"Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come." II Corinthians 1:21
"Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ."
Sound familiar? God is making it clear: there is GOING to be wind. But STAND FIRM in him.
There were 1,000 of us at the camp I stayed at in Mexico. At least 250 of those people ended up getting sick: throwin' up in garbage bags, outhouses, and in the dirt. It was absolutely crazy. People were dropping like flies, the worship leader of the whole camp got sick, my pastor, his wife, another leader. And yes, little ol' me too. I actually ended up in a hospital hooked up to an IV. But guess what? God is unshakeable. His work didn't stop. We still worshipped, we still spread his word. My girls' mom actually accepted Christ the day I was in the hospital, I wasn't even there. IT'S NOT ABOUT US!
This was by far my best year in Mexico because there was so much wind and so much need to just hold on to Christ. When nothing goes wrong, we have a good year because we can get everything done and do what we need to do. When things go wrong, it's the best years, because we can't do anything. And suddenly God has to do everything. I think I'd rather have the unshakeable, unstoppable God doing everything.
So praise God for hundred degree whether and crazy amounts of vomit. If that's what it takes for us to realize it's not about us and let him do work, then bring on the wind!