Thursday, September 20, 2012

Inconvenienced on Purpose

"For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong."  2 Cor. 12:10

We are all about momentum and what seems best for us, our projects, our lives and so on. When momentum is broken, we begin to feel insecure or uncertain. How can we regain it? 

If we dwell on that too long, we might miss something more important!

As Christians, inconveniences or hindrances come for a variety of reasons. One particular reason is that:

God has a different plan and doesn't need man-made momentum to perform it

My husband and I are involved in a campus ministry. As a matter of fact, this is our tenth year doing this kind of ministry. We started with a mere 8 students back in 2003. Last night, we maxed out our room with 77 students! But, honestly, that's not how I thought it would go this year.

Because of the phenomenal growth last year, we had to move to a larger room at the beginning of this fall semester. Even though our present room is larger and in a very nice location on campus, it is a popular room for all sorts of events. So, we were able to meet there the first Wednesday night, but for the second and third Wednesdays, the room was not available for us. Scrambling to fix this, we were desperately inconvenienced to have to find an alternate meeting area for 2 weeks. After a whopping 85 students showing up the very first Bible study of the semester, I thought sure we would lose that momentum when we had to meet in different locations for the following two weeks.

It was inconvenient. It was hard to plan and work out logistics of how to promote three different meeting areas in three different nights, especially at the beginning of the school year.

BUT GOD knew what HE was doing. 
It had absolutely nothing to do with me. 
It was all for a student named J.

The third Wednesday Bible study was held in a public area in the Student Union. We were able to get a band from our local church, some desserts and beverages, and there we went! Because of the location and surrounding noise factor, Jeff did not plan an in-depth Bible study; instead he shared a story from our years as missionaries in Liberia. The gist of the story was: JESUS SAVES. 

A freshman student happened to walk by right as Jeff was telling his story. It captured his attention and he stopped to listen. Deeply convicted of his need for Christ (his parents were Christians and had been praying for him for a long time), he waited to talk to Jeff. Jeff and the student J. made an appointment to meet on campus the following night. During that meeting, J. accepted Christ!!

We are finally back in our regular meeting room on Wednesday nights. Last week I was leading a group in prayer time and J. was in my group. His prayer went like this: "

Thank you, God, for kicking CBF out of this room last week so that I could be brought to you and be saved from my sin."

Enough said.

Oh, and the momentum that I was so worried that we would lose because of having to move to different locations? Well, it has not been touched. It's rolling faster than I can imagine.

Shows how much I know about what God is up to, doesn't it?

"The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way."  
Ps. 37:23