Catching the Wind of God’s Will

Think about the last time you were faced with determining God’s will. You wanted to make the right choice. Yet, you didn’t know what to do. What if the choice isn’t between right or wrong, wise or unwise, or even good or bad? It may be between good and good. Or, perhaps the line between good and best is fuzzy.

When pursuing God’s will, we may question ourselves. Is my response to this challenge merely an emotional one? How can I know my motives are right? Is this God’s voice in my heart? Or am I listening to my own inner desire? Is fear swaying my decision?

Webster says a dilemma is “a choice between evenly balanced alternatives or “a predicament defying satisfactory solution.”

Over the past three days, my husband and I have been trying to determine God’s will. Our friends, Paul and Sue Johnson challenged us to spend six weeks in Poland this fall for a ministry opportunity with Campus Crusade’s Executive Ministries. Oh my, what to do.

Do we decide yay or nay? God has blessed our retirement; do we want to spring back into action? Oh all right. Perhaps “spring” is a misnomer. That brings to mind all the negatives, such as age, physical challenges, finances, language ineptness, etc. etc. etc. Sounds like a dilemma, doesn’t it?

Guess what. God has a way of showing up in the middle of dilemmas. Yesterday morning, I kept thinking of a quote I heard years ago. Our daughter Lollie was attending Columbia Bible College. Dr. Hatch, one of her professors, made this statement concerning missions. “The Christian world has it backwards. We plan to stay home but are willing to go. What we should do is plan to go but be willing to stay home.”

And then the Johnsons brought a staff guy from Poland to our home for lunch. Their encouragement and enthusiasm were contagious. As they were leaving, Jay and I finally said “Yes, we’ll go!”

God wasn’t finished dealing with the dilemma. This morning Jay read to me from Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman, edited by James Reimann. “It is not within our power to create the wind or to change its direction, but we can raise our sails to catch it when it comes. . . We do not control God’s Spirit, but we can place ourselves before the Lord out of obedience to what He has called us to do, and we will come under the influence and power of His mighty breath.”

My husband and I have decided to raise our sails and catch the wind of God’s will, wherever it takes us. Why would we want to miss an opportunity to once again go to the front lines for Christ? There isn’t one single negative too big for God to handle.

I think of a verse God gave me when we were making the decision to go to Russia. I didn’t want to leave our family. That Christmas as the kids were all sharing what God had been doing in their lives, God spoke to me loud and clear.

“Go! I love your children more than you do. I’ll take care of them.” The verse that clinched the decision for me was Acts 2:39.

“The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

Will you catch the wind and sail with us to Poland through your prayers? If you’re interested in becoming a part of our prayer team, please let us know. Either email me or leave a comment and let me know. We’ll add you to our list. Along the way, we’ll send you requests and keep you posted on how God’s answering your prayers.

SIDE NOTE: Before all this came up, I decided to take a few weeks off from writing posts. There are some things I need to do to get our house in order. Unless I commit the time to it, I’ll never get it done. That’s because I’d much rather be connecting with you through this blog. However, I’ll be back soon, so don’t go too far away!

23 Responses to “Catching the Wind of God’s Will”
  1. Wow, Liz! How exciting! What a joy to “hear” the excitement in your “voice” and know that you have this great adventure to look forward to! Go forth in His Great Name!

  2. Sandy aasen says:

    Am I surprised? No.
    He will go before you, with you, and behind you.

  3. Toni Williams says:

    That’s a no-brainer for those of us who have known you a long time!! You COULD NOT miss the opportunity to stand up for Him wherever it may take you. I am thrilled for you, will pray and be eager to hear the details. I LOVE watching your lives and being a small part in your ministry!!

    • Hello my friend. Thanks for the kind words and encouragement. You have such a gift for saying exactly what I need to hear. I am so blessed by our many years of fiendship. Friends truly are friends forever when the Lord’s the Lord of them, right? You’ve always been a huge part of our ministry, an important part but a fun part, as well. And just think, it’ll last forever!

      Love you, Liz

  4. Sue Johnson says:

    Whoa, this is FOR REAL, isn’t it Liz!? SO COOL! I am delighted to be on the crest of the wave with Paul, you, Jay and Jesus! 😉 You’re the best!

    • Sue Johnson says:

      AND I’m pumped just thinking about all these friends of yours who will be praying for the work in Raciborz, Poland!

    • Thanks, Sue for the comments. The Lord has really started something, hasn’t He? Who would have dreamed the ball would have picked up so much speed and kept on rolling? Almost takes our breath away!

      Love you both and can hardly wait to work with you.

  5. Shirley Irwin says:

    WOW, what an opportunity! Keep us posted.

  6. Julie Medina says:

    What an adventure! Would love to be part of your prayer team! And please pray for me as I have taken on the roll of DK Nursery Associate and it is a challenge for me! I have always been a “doer” and have not had much experience with people management! Pretty uncomfortable — but I’m believing God’s the one orchestrating this and He knows what’s good for me! 🙂

    • Mary Beth Welsh says:

      Raise those sails, God is at the tiller totally controlling the rudder and the wind, what a ride!!!

    • Hi Julie. Thanks so much for your encouragement and willingness to pray for us. That means so much to me. We’ll be in touch, for sure.

      You won’t have any trouble with your job. You have such a gift of serving people and that’s the best quality you can have as you lead/manage them. It’s my prayer that you’ll be yourself and allow God to shine through you the way He always does. You’r so capable and I know you’ll do a great job.

      Thanks again, Liz

  7. Kim Marshall says:

    Liz- I am SO excited for you and your husband!! You have so much love and wisdom to give. I know God has great things planned for both of you:). You are a light and a blessing everywhere you go!! I love the things you shared about how the Lord confirmed to both of you to catch the wind of His Spirit and set sail. We are part of His grand adventure. How amazing:) May you bask in His amazing love for you as He prepares you for this awesome time! Love, Kim

    • It’s so good to hear from you. I appreciate your encouragement and thoughts. We will certainly covet your prayers as we go. And we’ll expect the answer to yours for our basking in HIs love during the preparation time. Thanks!

  8. Elizabeth Hall says:

    Liz, to think it all started when I invited you and Jay to my birthday party and you ACCEPTED the invitation….little did any of us know what God had in mind! I like to think of my birthday celebration as “A party with a Purpose!” Love you guys and hope to come for a visit soon!

  9. YES I will pray and I’ll miss your posts, but will lift you up! So excited for you and Jay to have another amazing opportunity!!

    Hugs from VA,

    • **Thanks, my friend. I know I can count on you! Hopefully, I’ll be back with the posts in July before I have to take off again. I’ll keep perusing yours, for sure. 🙂

  10. Nora B. says:

    Dear Liz,
    As always I will be a prayer warrior for you and Jay as you both go forth into the world and spread Jesus’ message of hope and peace. Keep me in the loop. I am so excited for you——–and to think you thought you had “retired”, “put out to pasture”————————————————-more like “put out to pastor” with a few rest stops in between. Love Nora

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