Are you running to or from your calling? When you hear your calling will you answer, will you embrace it? Those are the thoughts that crossed my mind recently as I drove down the highway.
I flashed back to a time several years ago, and Alice (not her real name) came to mind. A member of a small group I was in asked if she could invite her to join the group. She explained that Alice had stopped going to church and she hoped being in the group would encourage her to reconnect with the church.
A Contrast In Perspective
Of course, we said yes, and Alice came to our next meeting. After a couple of meetings, she was comfortable enough to share why she had stopped attending church.
She was certain beyond any doubt that if she fully surrendered her life to Christ that He would immediately call her to go to Africa as a missionary.
In her mind, this was a fate worse than death. It caused her extreme anxiety just to think about it. Sadly Alice did not remain part of the group very long because attending caused her fear of going to Africa to resurface.
I came back to the present. As I continued to drive my thoughts immediately turned to my friend, Katie Colucy. This remarkable young woman is the polar opposite of Alice.
You see, when Katie was was between 10-12 years of age she attended the Believe Conference. During the conference, they showed a Compassion video, and it rocked her world. She knew then and there that she wanted to be a missionary.
Calling Is A Journey
One day shortly after the conference her teacher pulled down a map during class. As Katie looked at the map of Africa, she saw the country of Uganda. At that moment, as Katie shares, she “just knew in her heart” that is where she would be serving God.
After making five or six in-state mission trips during High School, Katie made her first mission trip overseas to Hatti at the age of 16. Knowing all the while that one day she would travel to Uganda to be the hands and feet of Jesus in this East African nation.
Through a series of “Only God” experiences Katie connected with the SOZO Children organization. At age 17 she made her first trip to, you guessed it, Uganda where she immediately fell in love with the people.
Fast forward to today. Katie recently graduated from college and accepted a position as an intern with SOZO. She is currently preparing to make her seventh trip to Uganda. Later this year she will escort the SOZO children’s choir on a four-month tour of the U.S.A.
So what is different between Katie and Alice? Why did one woman run to and embrace her calling and the other ran from even the possibility of being called? What caused their perspectives to be so different?
The Answer Is Trust
Calling can be very scary if you don’t trust the Caller.
For whatever reason Alice’s life experiences caused her to see God as someone she could not trust. She viewed Him as a harsh taskmaster who would force her to go somewhere and do something that she neither wanted or felt qualified to do.
On the other hand, Katie understands what a loving and faithful God she serves and for that reason, she is willing to follow Him anywhere.
What Is Your Africa?
Every single one of us has a calling. You were created on purpose with a purpose. Do you know what your calling is?
Now granted God may not be calling you to the mission field in Africa but you do have a purpose that you are uniquely designed to fulfill.
Finding our calling is a journey. Some of us, Like Katie, know the answer for certain at a very early age. Some like me think we know our calling only to find out it is something different than what we thought.
Still, others continue searching. Next week we will dig deeper into how you can know and embrace your calling. Until then know this, it starts with trust.
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God” – Corrie ten Boom
Final Thoughts And An Opportunity
I do know this; there is no limit to what God can do with a totally surrendered life.
I asked Katie if she could share one thing with you what it would be. She said, “God is faithful! He will be with you and see you through. If something seems impossible, it’s an opportunity to trust.”
In His Word God tell us: “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” (Jer. 29:11-13 NLT) I don’t know about you but that sound like a God I can trust.
I’d like to invite you to get involved with Katie and SOZO Children. First, I ask that you keep her in your prayers. And if you feel led, please go here for further information on how you can support this amazing young woman and the SOZO Children organization.
Do you know your calling? Are you embracing it or running from it?