The “More” I asked For

I recently received a new, expanded assignment, which is a really cool thing when it comes to ministry and working with Wycliffe Associates! I’m so excited about the opportunities this new position opens for me.

As the translation services director for Wycliffe Associates, I get to research the tools we are using in the field to help translators complete project; I get to find ways to make those tools more useful; I get to help develop new tools; I get to train others in the process we use for Bible translation; I get to partner with our Education Services department, our Marketing department, and our resource development team. It’s a lot. A lot more than I can wrap my mind around to be honest.

I look back and see all the ways God has been preparing me to serve him in this capacity. I see the opportunities and training he has brought my way. And I’m thankful for all the experiences of working with translators around the world; I know these have given me a unique ability to minister in this new position. Yet I sense my lack. I know I still have so much to learn!

Yesterday I had two conversations with people who are experts in the field of Bible translation and Biblical exegesis. Great conversations. But I have to admit I was paddling with all my might up stream and still couldn’t keep up. Their ability to delve into the complicated issues of translation, interpretation and studying God Word was almost dizzying–not to mention their ideas and experiences in multi-cultural situations.  By the end of the day my brain was exhausted, and all I could really think was, “I have no idea what I’m doing!”  I wasn’t as much discourage as overwhelmed.

Then this morning as I was praying I thought about all the ways that God enters into our lives and involves himself in the minutest details as we invite him in prayer. How many prayers have I witnessed him answer in awesome, purposeful, humbling ways? More than I can count for certain, and those are just the ones I was aware enough to notice. How many areas he has directed to put me right here, right now!

Thus as I think, “I have no idea what I”m doing in this position!” I hear God answer me, “You’re following me into the more you asked for!”  Oh right.  I did ask. And he is answering. So I’m following, even if my head is spinning. Because I don’t believe the mantra that God won’t give us more than we can handle. I think the “more” is always beyond my capacity to handle; and that’s what throws me on the mercy of my Savior, to lead me and form me and work through me for His good purpose. 

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