You are Plan A (and there is no Plan B)

Life moves too slowly for me these days. I recently read an article (you can see it for yourself here) about the five things that people who love change need to know. The principles it discusses rang so true to me, because I do need to slow down and accept that change sometimes takes time. I’ve always held that a sense of urgency in everything you do is a virtuous quality, that probably started in bootcamp. We used to chant, at the behest of our company commanders to you slower shipmates, “Shipmate! Move with a sense of urgency, Shipmate!” we all thought it was kind of funny and ridiculous at the time, but we all got the point. Urgency is deathly serious sometimes. In my world of surgery and emergency medicine, urgency is often what makes the difference between life and death, and it is hard to turn that off. This makes me a good fit for these medical disciplines.

One of the biggest problems with this mindset is that when others do not share my sense of urgency, I get impatient, and more often, discouraged.

My sense of urgency for getting into the mission field is founded in the fact that there is need. The hospital is a busy place. They need extra hands, extra minds, and extra hearts. While I feel needed and appreciated most of the time in my current role as the main OR’s only surgical PA at my hospital, I know that there are a thousand other qualified PAs to fill my position if I were to suddenly cease to exist. In Togo, we don’t see PAs clambering over each other to work in a 40-bed hospital deep in the West African interior.

I will go, though.

The need is great, and the workers are few (sound familiar?). I cannot sit idly by while a need exists that I can fill. I cannot rightly remain comfortable in my large suburban home knowing that I have not given everything to serve those who have the most need.

Ever sicne returnign from my first few weeks in Haiti in 2010, if I allow my mind to really consider my current circumstances, I am filled with frustration at my own mediocrity. I have more than I need, as most of us do. I would sell everything and live from my meager positions in a seabag if it were feasible to do this with a family of five.

I LOVE to share the good news about Jesus with people in relatable and meaningful ways. I love to see God work in the hearts of unbelievers to realize that their life has purpose and meaning, that they are loved not only by me, but ny God, their creator. I want to be the one giving every ounce of my strength to heal and palliate disease and suffering.

From the time that the Lord first pricked my heart to give my life to easing the suffering of others and spreading the gospel to a hurting world to now has seemed exponentially longer than I ever wanted it to be. At 18 years old, I spent a couple of weeks living and working with some missionaries in Honduras. I saw the utter selflessness and joy that they experienced from a lifetime of giving themselves to God’s work, humanitarian aid, and gospel witness, and I knew that this was the life that God had planned for me someday.

It took so long to come to this place. There were so many experiences and hard lessons that I had to learn first. But here we are, on the verge of a momentous breakthrough, and my heart thumps inside of my chest in anticipation. I know my purpose. I’ve found meaning. I am actively and persistently pursuing that to which I and my family have been called. It is time!

But the process takes so excrucitatingly long. July 2018 might as well be a lifetime away as far as my heart is concerned. And then to realize that due to not being totally funded by our projected date, I may have to push back that departure time a full month! Oh boy, does that make my blood pressure climb.

Thank you to those of you who have found your God-given place in this Great Commission. Thank you for realizing that this is not my mission or my family’s mission, but the mission of the church of Jesus. Thank you for your sense of urgency, and love for the lost and suffering people in other nations.

Thank you for praying for us, and please continue to do so. Seek God’s will for your life, the resources that He has given you, and live it out with passion and consistency. We, the church, are God’s “Plan A,” and there is no “Plan B.” His will cannot be thwarted, no matter how formidable to adversary.

We were the ones called to make disciples of all nations. We were the ones called to ease the suffering of the sick. We were the ones called to give to the poor. We were the ones called to give all that we have and folow Jesus. We were the ones called to go unto all the nations. You are part of this, part fo the body. Don’t underestimate the role that God might have you to play in the spread of His Kingdom.

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