Monday, September 27, 2010
Like a word out of the story of Abraham and Sarah, we didn't have a clue where we would go, just the general location. We stepped out with multiple words of confirmation to the large Metroplex of Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, in August of 1998. This was a new adventure. All seven of us had left behind our birthplace and my husband and I could pick our "new" city. (I realize God is the one who really picked the city)
Not having a clue about any of the areas around the Metroplex, we decided on a small city, just miles from DFW airport and I fell in love. We bought our dream home and settled into the small community. Our sixth child was born at home in this city... he is probably the only person who has this city's name on his birth certificate since there aren't any hospitals in this city. It was beautiful. It had all new buildings...most weren't older than 10 years. It had a sense of community. It had walking trails that allowed you to walk throughout the city without ever getting on the roads. Our children participated in sports in this city and they all received extreme favor. I truly loved it!!
I would pray for the city when it went through disasters...the latest being the Mayor killed her daughter and herself, but I never had my spiritual heart tied to this city....just my physical heart!
God then took away my dream city. He placed me somewhere were I didn't want to be!!! I didn't like the new city! I didn't want to engage in the new city! I was counting the days to move away, while scoping out where I wanted to live next.
Then, I stepped into a training seminar for school mentors and was educated on poverty. God totally "Yanked" my heart with this verse. It was apparent that what I thought I was there for and what God had in mind were two different things. The instructor quoted:
"Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare." Jer. 29:7
I wanted to yell out loud..."NO, THIS ISN'T MY CITY...BUT YES, I FEEL I AM IN EXILE!!!"
What is He telling me?...OH, NO!!!, was He calling me to care for the city I just hated living in? Was He going to use my exile to bless this city and possibly me? MY welfare relied on the welfare of this city?
Now I don't want to get into a discussion on the interpretation of this scripture....this is what my spirit was telling me and the seminar trainer continued to instruct on the needs of the city.
YANK NUMBER TWO!!!!
Isaiah 58:9 -
"Then you will call, and He will say, Here I am, If you remove the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness, And IF you GIVE yourself to the HUNGRY, and SATISFY the DESIRES of the AFFLICTED, then YOUR LIGHT will SHINE in the darkness, and YOUR GLOOM will be come LIKE MIDDAY!" (capital words are the ones that shouted to me)
I left the meeting convicted. This week we went to our church campus in our city, instead of driving to the city I would love to live in. (we have three different campuses and ten services each Sunday under one church)
I will volunteer in the schools in my city. I will drive this week through my city and pray! I will walk the University campus and pray. I will say "yes" to my city! I will allow the Lord to open my eyes and heart to the city where He has placed me! Our landlord called for us to sign another year's lease, so I will be here at least one more year.
I don't know all the facets He will reveal to me, nor do I know how my heart will react. I do know that once again it is time for me to pray for my city!!
Do you pray for your city? Are you concerned for the welfare of your city? Please share how God has used you in your city.