Welcome Reading Friends and New Subscribers! This is David Telbat. My short story, “A Dart for Jesus,” pulls back the curtain on a possible flaw in how we trust God to sovereignly guide us. Is God a god of chance, or does He act with determined purpose? Sometimes, our rush for answers doesn’t give God the opportunity to fully show us His will.
Now that we have His Spirit living within us, we need not roll the dice or cast the lot. May we see that God is worthy of our faith!
A Dart for Jesus
by D.I. Telbat
Karen Morelli taped the latest Voice of the Martyrs world map onto the wall. Her brothers had given her the darts as a gift sometime in junior high school, maybe with the goal to play with the sharp objects themselves. But now, so many years later, she would finally put them to good use.
The dart case had two steel-tipped darts with flashy fins. She selected one and blew on the tip. Taking three paces from the wall, she then turned to face the map.
Every year, she ordered a prayer map from VOM. And every year, she prayed for the hostile, restricted, and monitored countries where Christians and the Bible weren’t welcome.
But the last few months, something in her prayers had changed. Instead of praying only for Christians in each dangerous country, she had begun to add that God would direct her to a specific country. She wanted to go overseas herself for a few weeks, but to which country?
Karen held the dart next to her right eye. She wasn’t even certain how to hold or throw a dart, but all she needed to do was hit the map. Any country on the map would do—and there were many countries in need of loving, personal attention.
To add to her anticipation, she closed her eyes, then threw the dart. Thump! Opening her eyes, she charged the wall to see where she would be going. The dart had landed perfectly on the border between Chad and Libya, Africa. What did that mean?
Her cell phone rang. Still pondering her dart strike, she answered the phone.
“Hi, Karen. My name is June Nelson. You don’t know me, but one of the pastors at your church gave me your name. We have an outreach scheduled, and we have one spot left to serve in Venezuela for three weeks. Should we hold a seat for you for December?”
“That’s right. Is it something you’d like to do? I can send you the material if you’re interested . . . Hello?”
Karen frowned at the wall map.
“Yes, I’m here. Venezuela. I was just thinking about how God isn’t a god of chance. He’s a God I need to trust to guide me when it’s His time.”
“I fully agree. Is He guiding you?”
“He is now! I’m in! Please send me everything. Venezuela—I can’t wait!”
The End of “A Dart for Jesus”
Click this link to find info about the VOM world prayer map. Interested in a short term mission? Vision Beyond Borders needs travelers to deliver goods to refugees, orphanages, and Bibles to the spiritually hungry! Check out their trip schedule here, and pray (no darts!) for God’s direction in your life.
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