Having A God Given Dream Fulfilled!

13 10 2014

Psalm 37: 3-5 (Amplified Bible)
3Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.

Psalm 37: 3-5 (New Living Translation)
3 Trust in the LORD and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
4 Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
5 Commit everything you do to the LORD.
Trust him, and he will help you.

This is a passage from the Bible that has become the foundation of my life’s Story – the way that God uses my life to fulfill God’s purposes in me!

Let me tell you a story!

I was a teenager and had just started my walk with God when I came across this passage of scripture. I mulled over it and felt that God would have me write down, or express in solid, specific terms what the desires of my heart were. And so I wrote down three things that were upmost in my heart.

They were:
1. Do my own radio broadcast. One of my best friends was a radio announcer on Public Radio Station.
2. Fly around the world. My best friend and I wanted to be air force pilots, but he passed away in an accident, when we were still 16 years of age.
3. Take the Gospel Story to the ends of the world.

Well my story is that God has been true to His Word and fulfilled the desires of my heart and “ …exceedingly abundantly above all I could ask or think according to the riches of His glory …” (Ephesians 3: 17-21)

First, I remember coming back from Bible College and been asked by the Director of Back To The Bible Broadcast, if I wanted to host a music program for young people, featuring music that they will enjoy, and as a means of telling them God’s Story through music! What an answer to my desire.
Second, I remember my first train ride across to India on my way to Bible College, a first step in my desire #2. Then every June going to Bible School and returning home for summer vacation for four years of college!

But then, in 1969 coming to Bible College in Seattle from Sri Lanka with stops in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan! Since then the many trips from the USA to Sri Lanka and India stopping either in Europe or in Asia, thus “going around the world”, many times with Linda and my family! God was Good to fulfill this desire!

Third, is a desire which he continues to fulfill and I stand back amazed at how God is fulfilling my desires. Many times I think how very much like God, in the way He responds, and I think of the passage in Isaiah 55: 8-11.

Yes amazing:
8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
10 “The rain and snow come down from the heavens
and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
producing seed for the farmer
and bread for the hungry.
11 It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it

I think of how God has led me throughout my life and I see how he has added one line upon another line, and it has not seemed significant, but God was weaving a tapestry of exquisiteness in my life and today I see what was happening and it gives me goose bumps of gratitude to God!

One example, was when I was in Bible College in India, I took a class in Homiletics, with Reverend Kenneth Bauman, who taught us the Inductive Method of Bible Study as a first step in preparation for a preaching/teaching outline. (See our Manual in the Resources Section of our blog in Manual 1). This became the foundation for my teaching and preaching throughout my life. I also then used it as a transferable concept in Leadership and Discipleship Training.

Little did I realize that God had been preparing me and building my life and ministry from the beginning! It came into focus so very strongly, as Linda and I were introduced to International Orality Network (ION) at their annual conference in Orlando, Florida in December 2007. Lights went off in my brain, fireworks in my heart as I realized God’s unique working in fulfilling my third desire!  This was just the beginning and he continues to make it a reality!

Yes, does God keep His promises? Does he fulfill our hearts desires as we “…commit them to him …”? Yes, a thousand times, yes! In His Time and In His Ways, because His “ … thoughts are higher than our thoughts … His ways higher than our ways …”

God WILL do the same for you!


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