On the sixth day of my everlasting quest of recognizing the blessings in my life, I am thankful for heroes.
Any time we deal with difficult circumstances, such as Hurricane Sandy or 9/11, ordinary people emerge from the everyday-ness of life and perform heroic actions. Then, at the end of the day, they go back to being ordinary people doing ordinary things again. Oftentimes, these heroes are never recognized for their actions. Well, today I'd like to tell you about a hero in my life.
I have known Amanda for about half of her life. For the last five or so years, she has felt God's call to serve the Japanese people in Japan. (I make the distinction because Sarah Young served as a missionary to the Japanese in Australia. Which I find unusual since I didn't realize there was a large Japanese population in Australia. But that is neither here nor there.) Anyway, after Amanda graduated from college, she came to work for me at LifeWay. During this time, she continued to pray for God to move, and open an opportunity for her to serve.
And life went on.
Friends got jobs, married, had babies. I know there were times when she wondered if she had been forgotten. Satan filled her with questions and confusion.
Still she waited.
Knowing all the while that He had a plan for her, a plan that involved her moving halfway around the world, leaving loved ones behind, to serve the Lord in a country believes that they don't need God.
Days passed into months, months passed into years.
Then...it happened. God opened a door. Within a matter of weeks she had a job (at a church!), a home, a plane ticket and a whole new life.
And there you go. God fulfills His promises. Watching Him move in her life, in His timing, has been a beautiful thing. The thing that is just as beautiful though is her obedience. Her willingness to follow Him and serve Him, no matter how long it took to get her there. In my book, she's a hero.