“It’s not nameless masses of the deserving poor on the other side of the gate; It’s Christ. Every single stranger, every single disadvantaged, is Christ and if you love Him — you have got to make your life about tearing down the gates.
Every face is the guise of Christ.
I look at Katie. Radical isn’t as much about where you move – but about looking into the face of Jesus – and letting Him move you where you are. He may move you to Africa – or across the street. But if the love of Christ moves you – it will move you out into the world. He will move you to tear down gates.” Ann Voskamp
The love of Christ moved me to Zambia almost 5 years ago. I went out into the world and God showed me a love and passion for ‘the least of these’. He showed me that it’s not about possessions in my hands, but peace in my heart that truly matters. Africa taught me so much about what it really means to be relational and how much each person really matters.
And now, God moved both Timothy and I to Guatemala. He led us here. He has showed us the sweet gentleness of the people here and how He is moving in these communities. He has shown us how difficult life overseas with small kids can be, yet how worthwhile at the same time.
But God doesn’t have to move you to a different country for you to be moved. God can move you where you are. Whether you’re in little ol’ Searcy, or Europe, or in a capital city like Des Moines, or anywhere in between the coasts of North America, He can move you right where you are. Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t the fact that if all you ever do in a day is open your door for the mail man or make a quick run up to the grocery store that you can still touch lives or be touched by someone else’s?
Even when you are in the depths of depression and you feel like there is nothing good happening in your life, God is still working on you. He is still watching over you and longing for the day you realize that all the while He has been moving your heart so that you may move others’ hearts over time.
No matter where you are in life, no matter your age or abilities, God can move you. God will move you. God IS moving you.
I don’t know where God will lead us after we get home from this experience in Guatemala. But I know that as long as our hearts love the Lord, separately and together, even if we “only” physically move down the street, God will be moving us to do great things for Him.
How has God been moving you? (Decide for yourself if that is a rhetorical question)