"When the darkness of our world, and all the fears we hold in that darkness are pierced by the light of God's love and by the possibility that God has other ideas in mind for how we are to live, something liberating happens. But there is also danger of our becoming mesmerized by the dazzle of the light. It can become quite comfortable, like a campfire. We can crawl up into the hands of God and fall asleep in the sweet aroma and cozy warmth, asleep by the fire. And much of the world lies in the cold, clammy darkness of human suffering, oppression, inequality."
The Irresistible Revolution, Shane Claiborne
As I said in my last post, I have really felt the whisper of God to my heart. An unsettling whisper it has been because it has no answers yet - no path to trod - just an awakening of sorts. Clearing of my vision and now I am starting to see.
Seeing beyond my warm and cozy existence.
Seeing outside my comfort and abundance.
Seeing past me.
I know that my trip next Saturday to Ecuador with Operation Walk has tendered my spirit towards missions. It doesn't surprise me that as I have moved through the bloggy world I have stumbled on some amazing stories and have had my heart pricked by those who have stepped beyond the safety of home and serve in the name of Christ.
Take a moment and visit a few....
Ali's African Adventures is full of experiences aboard a Mercy hospital ship off the coast of Africa.
The Livesay (Haiti) Weblog is the pilgrimage of a family living and serving in Haiti.
Oh Sweet Caroline is the journey of a young nurse in a small clinic in Haiti. She has just returned to the states but her archives are full of amazing stories.
The Journey - on earth as it is in heaven is an odyssey of one young girl who wanted to take a year off before college to serve in Uganda. She has started Amazima , a ministry to orphans. Incredible!
I encourage you to go, visit and stay awhile at each of their blogs. May your heart be pricked as mine has been.
Least you think that ministry has to happen overseas...check this out Ordinary Hero and be prepared to consider how close to home a need really is.
But before you go, please watch this video. It is beautiful.
© A Sacred Longing 2009