Breaking News! God is faithful
Well, it’s not new but I never cease to be amazed by how good and how faithful God is.
Three years ago – 31 August 2008 – our family arrived on the shores of the land of the free and the home of the brave. But we didn’t feel either. We knew we were following a dream that was endorsed by Heaven but we had no clue how it was going to work out. We felt like we had just lept off a cliff.
We had no way of knowing how everything was going to work out. This is the crazy, wild adventure that God calls us all on in our own unique ways. There is no script…. you are invited to write it with Him. And He is faithful. He will never abandon the righteous or leave their children to beg for bread (Psalm 37:26).
The only challenge with learning to trust God is that you have to learn to trust God! I can’t trust God and still be fully dependent on a whole host of other support systems that negate my need for Him. As a family we got to walk through three years of having no income, no job certainty, no visa certainty and no clarity as to how these necessary things were going to eventuate. Do we make alternative plans or trust God? Will He really deliver? Is there any easier way of finding out rather than having the whole of our lives and future in His hands?
I was wrestling with these questions in December 2008 and ended up walking into Bethel’s Prayerhouse saying “God I lay down my agenda and expectations and trust my future in your hands….but Im freaking out here.” In the course of that moment He gave me a scripture from 2 Kings 19:29:This shall be a sign to you: You shall eat this year such as grows of itself, And in the second year what springs from the same; Also in the third year sow and reap, Plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them.
To me that meant we wouldn’t be ‘eating’ much in the first couple of years – living from savings and the proceeds of our house. But the third year something was going to happen that would start to provide food for my family. I had no idea what that might be but I did know enough about vineyard production that you don’t get any significant production until at least the third year after sowing – to eat the fruit in the first year would have to be a miracle.
Well, we are now almost at the end of the third year following that word from God and that is why we have breaking news…God has been faithful. The risk was worth it. The tears and uncertainty are all worth it. The measure of connection with His Presence is invaluable but we can also testify that we have planted some ‘vineyards’ and contrary to natural processes of time, we are already ‘eating the fruit of them.’
At the start of this year we literally had no income other than what was left from the sale of our house. By the end of this year we will have published Dream Culture in English and Spanish, e-book versions of the same and a DVD of the Dream Journey Workshop with accompanying workbook. But that’s not all, the cost to produce the English version of Dream Culture was less than $500 and the Spanish translation was given to us. We have had so many people along the way pour encouragement and invest in us with formatting, editing, expert advice and even providing us with some material that all we needed to do was adapt slightly for our own use.
And the best thing for you is that if God can do this for us – coming from a small, rural town on the East Coast of New Zealand – He can do it for you too. God is faithful!