“After the first village we went to get the other part of the team from another village. There I played with the little girls there and they just loved my hair, they were playing with it and decorating it with flowers. We were playing hand games and at the end of one they were throwing out numbers like 0 & 2 & 5 so I started throwing out numbers and they would laugh at me when I threw out ones like 1 & 3 & 4 and I could not figure out why. So I asked the translator Ball and it turns out we were playing rock, papers, scissors…”
This story actually happened to me. In Thailand. In 2014. As I look back on it I recognize it as one of the many times I have been humbled. I came in being disappointed on the thought that people in Thailand would not be able to communicate with me. with me. how selfish am I to be disappointed that they would not be able to communicate with me. I should be the one reaching out to them, learning their language. I should have been saddened at the fact that I would not be able to communicate to them. It is not about me at all.
Matthew 9:35 “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.”
Matthew 4:23 “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.”
Luke 8:1 “After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him”
Luke 4:43 “But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.”
He was sent. Jesus went and he traveled because He was sent. He heard the call and He obeyed. He did not just hear and wait, but He heard and went. He took the first step. He went and put himself out so that others can be saved. He was not selfish in His thoughts. He was willing and desired to go.
I ask the Lord daily to change my heart, to mold me into the one that He wants me to be. I desperately need to be humbled, all the time. It may seem difficult in the moment but I am always thankful to be humbled, for when I am humbled my eyes are adjusted and my sight is realigned, off of myself and onto the Lord, the one whom is truly at the center.