It doesn’t surprise me in the least that Debbie said “yes” to going to Cochabamba, Bolivia with World Vision. She loves children. What shocked me is that she said “yes” immediately.
My ever cautious, protective side spoke: “Don’t you want to sleep on it for another night? Or, a week or month of nights?”
Debbie said it wasn’t necessary. She knew the Lord wanted her to go. Then, however, she reached out to me. “I won’t say ‘yes’ unless you are comfortable with it.” My jaw dropped and I told it like it is: “I’m not comfortable when you travel to Kansas City or for that matter drive up to church at night.”
We decided it probably wasn’t wise for the decision to wait for my getting “comfortable.”
Debbie’s readiness made all the more sense to me when I read Acts 16 recently. Luke tells of the Apostle Paul’s vision:
And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. Acts 16:8-10 (ESV)
Debbie’s “vision” came via email. She had written — on this very blog — about boldness. A few hours later there was an email about this trip. Debbie knew God had asked her to not only write about being bold…but to be bold. So, immediately, concluding that God had called her, she said “yes.”
I’ll ask you the same question I asked myself. What has God nudged you to do that you are delaying because you are not quite comfortable? Reach out to a friend or stranger in need? Reconcile with a loved one? Say “yes” to finding $35 a month to change or perhaps even save the life of a child by becoming a sponsor through World Vision? Maybe it’s time for you and me to respond … immediately.