I’m someone who spends a great deal of time choosing my words for when I want to get a point across, as clearly shown by the facts that I rarely speak in discussions because I spent the whole time formulating my word order and I have been attempting for the past day or two to solidly write this post. As an avid reader and listener, I’ve always appreciated meticulously crafted words and therefore I try to do the same.
In preparation for VBS, there was quite a bit of carefully picking our words that we would use for telling the stories. You had to get a nice balance of Biblically correct, interesting, and engaging, whilst keeping in mind that due to malnourished brains and improper care, our audience of Malawian children was not going to keep up with anything too complicated. Subtlety or anything that was not thrown directly at them was going to be a complete miss. Although I dislike to call it such, worry was in my heart that what we were saying would not get through to these kids. We only have three days with them. Three chances. And as I’ve mentioned before, a good number will be dead before seeing 2015.
But, as I somehow forgot, it’s really not about us, is it? It’s not about how eye-catching our little pictures are or how far I can swing my arms around in emphasis without hitting somebody. As always, it is up to God. We could scream the creation story until our throats are dry, but it wouldn’t make a difference if God had hardened their hearts. We get so wrapped up in ourselves. “Hey God, need a little help from me? God, I don’t think you can pull this one off. God, maybe you should let me take this one.” It’s not about us. We are the dust of the ground that the Lord of the universe has decided to work with. Give your excuses a chill pill and your worry a rest, because the Holy Spirit is active in every heart and God will use you with the gifts you’ve been given, your troubles and tribulations, the things you consider to be dragging you down, whatever. God works through the broken things so that no one can boast. He does not necessarily work through those who can speak without a stutter and can perfectly express themselves on the first try.
If there’s anything I’ve learned throughout this mission, it is that the world is not going to be saved by human hands. There are too many malnourished children, too much crime, too much death, too much sin of every color, for that. But God is constantly reaching out to us. He sent his only son, Jesus, to die, so that the darkness that was separating us and him for so long has gone. His words will be the ones to save the world, not mine or yours. His words will be our salvation.
“And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” – 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NIV