Tomorrow I will willingly give my treasure back to Jesus. We are sending our middle daughter, Bonnie, to Guatemala where she will live for five and a half months as she goes through discipleship training with YWAM, Youth With a Mission. After she finishes the discipleship training, she will prepare to go to Austrailia to go through midwifery training. However, this midwifery training will not prepare her to be a midwife in the US, it is for becoming a birth attendant in 3rd world countries.
So, the reality is that we are sending Bonnie off to become trained to live a life away from the US. This isn't news to me. God has been preparing me for this time her whole life. When she was only 3 months old, and I was a brand new Christian who didn't know much about hearing God's voice speak, I heard him ask me as I rocked her, "I want you to give her back to me." I said "Of course," not realizing at the time that I was saying yes to a life of being separated from her.
Bonnie delights me. She lights up a room when she is in it. She seems to know my thoughts and cares about what happens in my day, as well as what my dreams are for life, the future, for Missio Lux. So, this departure hurts my heart as I will miss her terribly.
But, at the same time, I want to say that I willingly give up my treasure to God because I trust him to take care of her, to fulfill the dreams in Bonnie that he put within her, to meet me in my place of grief.
It is a great privilege to send a child into a poor country to live out a justice ministry. Having proper health care for pregnant mothers and babies is a reality that the whole world should have.
So, Jesus, take my treasure and use it for your purposes to love the forgotten, the poor, the scared and the vulnerable.
Do you trust God with your Treasure? I pray that we can support one another as we grow in this area together.