Come Alive – Day 16
Welcome to Come Alive: 21 Days. These entries are coinciding with our 3 week vision series that we are currently in and we pray they both challenge and encourage you. This post was written by Trisha Hicks, the Director of Women’s Small Groups at Frontline Tysons.
Whether I am eating comfort foods or wearing cozy pajamas, I really like to be comfortable. I like to take on tasks where I am comfortable with my ability to do whatever lies in front of me. The major problem with this is the “I.” When I think I am capable, I rely on myself and not the Lord. Thankfully, God has been merciful in my life and always places me in circumstances that are outside of my comfort zone so that I rely on the power of His Holy Spirit. In April 2011 my husband Cory and I lead a team to Brazil to work with an organization called Open Arms primarily to help put on a soccer camp. God had me reliant on Him in many aspects of this trip. The two most obvious being I was comfortable speaking Spanish, not Portuguese, and the soccer part (my teammates can vouch for my two left feet). But this was right where He wanted me so that His power could be displayed in my weaknesses as Paul states in 2 Corinthians 12:8-10. Just like God used my weaknesses, the transforming power of the Gospel is at work all over the world. Being able to see God at work in a different country shows the power of our God who transcends all cultural and language barriers. Stephanie Tileston, co-leader of the December 2011 Brazil trip shared with me an experience she had when they went to visit a prison. She heard a young, imprisoned Brazilian teen sing a self-written song of God’s redemption and grace to his fellow 70+ inmates. Despite comprehending only portions of his Portuguese message, the meaning was clear- his life had been transformed. Though he regrets his past, he trusts Christ will do something wonderful with his future. So whether it is something insignificant like my soccer abilities or something life-altering like these men in prison, God uses all circumstances for His glory. Sometimes it takes getting outside of our comfort zone to see that.
- Trisha Hicks
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