Hi, Friends! David Telbat here. Welcome to Telbat’s Tablet and a page from my Author Reflections. I’d like to share something I’ve learned about how to get the most out of my spiritual investment, even when things look bleak. Maybe this will help you, too.
[You might want to read my previous short story, “Sudan, Freefall to Danger,” forerunner to this post.]
Getting the Most out of Your Spiritual Investment
Nathan “Eagle Eyes” Isaacson wrapped up his parachute as he eyed the empty village around him. At his back, his long-time friend Juan “Scooter” Blanco stashed his own parachute and signaled to him. They didn’t need to talk to know they were thinking the same thing: everyone in the village had been killed. The COIL operatives were too late this time. Nathan led the way east through the desert. They’d been too late for one village, but they had prepared for an extended deployment in Southern Sudan. There might be others nearby who needed their help. (Based on characters and themes in The COIL Series by D.I. Telbat.)
As in my fictional story above, even when we’re seeking God’s will, plans don’t always turn out the way we hope or expect. Does that mean our preparations were in vain? Not at all. We need to take our eyes off the emptiness and look for continued direction.
Below are two principles I’ve found that have ensured my spiritual investments are not wasted on my own narrow-mindedness:
- Faith that God is in control when things seem out of control.
God sees the big picture. Dead ends are not a call for discouragement, but for faith. For me, faith often leads to anticipation. Faith takes my eyes off of disappointment. In what exciting way will He lead me next?
2) Flexibility promotes service without hiccups.
Can we roll with the punches? Are our expectations too narrow? Spiritual, emotional, and physical flexibility means we’re open-minded about the unknown future. We have faith that God’s Word, in which we have prepared, so it will not return to Him void.
Think of spiritual flexibility as broad-spectrum sunscreen application. We don’t know from where the sun’s rays will shine next, so we’re covering everything.
Spiritual investments are like hedge preparations. A variety of routes is considered. Will God want me to go there or here? I’ll prepare for both places!
When we make broad preparations, we are used in broad ways. When it comes to service, think faith and flexibility. This forces us into the back seat and lets God do the driving.
All we have to do is put the sunscreen on and let Him shine! 🙂
See you in the field!
COMING UP: Join us next time for a Debriefing Report by Scooter on a mission that Bruno went on, titled “Debriefing Report on the Persecuted Church in Eritrea.” And in the following post, David shares from his Special Forces Christians Series, in “How Would You Respond to Torture?“