Jehovah Jireh

So at the beginning of my journey with SHERPA I was daunted by the task of raising enough funds to participate. I kinda made this little deal with God;

Me: “Hey God, I’m going to take how you provide for me as a sign for whether or not I should be apart of SHERPA. If I get the money then I’ll know it’s your will for me to go and if I can’t raise the money then I’ll take that as your way of saying ‘Nope Gena, that is not what I want you to do this summer.'”

Well, I know it is never a wise decision to challenge God or to test Him but unfortunately I didn’t believe He would provide for me. I was afraid I had placed God’s voice in my desires and not let Him do the leading. But like always God is good and faithful! But through friends, family, the people at OMC, and oddly enough (or maybe divinely) a random public speaker, I knew in my heart that God was promising me He would be faithful.

The first way God came through for me was through my sister. She and her husband where trying to raise funds for a trip to India while I was struggling with the issue of how to raise the funds. I just so happened to be talking to her over the phone one day when I told her about my problem and how I was worried about not raising the money. She told be to send out support letters. AH HA! Perfect! God is good!

The second way God has provided for me was through the great generosity of my friends and family. Through them I was able to raise all the money I needed! unfortunately it was a very turbulent time of faith for me because everyday was a trail if God had been faithful to his promise. Would there be a new check in the mail? It felt like walking to the edge of a cliff every day, my faith on the line.

The most recent way God has provided for me was through a miscommunication between myself and the OMC directors which caused me to over pay for the summer. I had been worrying about not having enough money to buy the necessary hiking gear  I would need during the summer but God came through again and blessed me! I was talking to my friend the other day, telling her that I felt like God was asking, “How many more times do I have to prove to you I will provide?” And just to prove a point He slapped me across the face with all the support I needed.

Every day He shows me the deep measure of His provision and love and there is no doubt in my mind that Maggie Valley is where God has called me to serve this summer. So in less than twelve days I will be heading to Maggie Valley, NC and then to Honduras to embark on an adventure like I’ve never experienced before!


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