I feel like I’m looking over the edge at something Big, and I’m not sure if God wants me to simply enjoy the view…or take some kind of crazy leap.
Hola. Gracias. Dios. That’s about the extent of my Spanish abilities. And yet something is happening between me and those whose who say everything “en español”.
It happened without me in a way. A few years after my book “Anticipatience” was published, a Christian publishing group wanted to reprint it in Spanish. OK. I don’t speak Spanish. I took two years of French in High School and that didn’t go so well. But OK. That’s pretty cool. God must have a plan.
And now I’m looking over the edge at Latin America and beyond. And the Spanish publisher wants to do an e-book and single women are writing to me in Spanish for relationship and faith advice and a group of 14 women in Venezuela just spent the last few months studying the book in a Bible study and and a new friend in Chile is translating this blog into Spanish…I could go on.
But it’s the edge I’m concerned about.
Sometimes God asks us to do crazy things. Sometimes He puts us in situations we didn’t ask for and didn’t seek and feel totally unprepared and unqualified to manage. Sometimes He uses our stories to encourage people we would never have met without His intervention.
Sometimes He brings us to the edge of our own understanding and abilities and dreams and asks us to jump. I’m not sure what jumping looks like in this scenario. It kind of freaks me out. But God doesn’t ask us to jump alone. (Makes me think of those first-time skydivers who jump with a professional skydiver strapped to their back.)
OK, Lord. My feet are inching closer to the edge. Give me faith for the next step.
Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent…I am slow of speech and slow of tongue”. So the Lord said to Him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind?. Have not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say”. (Exodus 4:10-12)
Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth”. Jeremiah 1:9
For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. Matthew 10:20
For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say. Luke 12:12