Grace Breakthrough at 30,000 Feet
Have you ever felt like giving up?
Have you ever wanted to change your circumstances or get out of them?
Have you looked for advice to go along with your line of “escape-to-better-circumstances” thinking?
Ever wonder what grace breakthrough you would miss if you did leave your uncomfortable circumstances?
Emotionally burned out after leading a church in Aomori City, Japan for a year, I was done, finished with Aomori! I was tired of struggling on in the work with little or no results, tired of dealing with the mentally ill, criticism and difficult relationships. The missionaries who were in charge came back from Home Assignment. I went back to the States for a 5-week vacation.
How great it was to feel the refreshing, restoring love and understanding of family and friends! Everyone I talked with agreed that I shouldn’t go back to Aomori. Yes, change to more congenial and supportive surroundings.
OMF mission leaders agreed a change was possible. This would be discussed after I returned to Japan.
Boarding the plane to return to Japan, in true Jonah-style I said to myself, “I will not go back to work in Aomori. I’ll quit OMF if I have to go back.” That’s how negative I was about Aomori. I could not face the thought of going back to the isolation, loneliness and general gloomy and depressing atmosphere I felt in Aomori. (You’d agree with me, too, right?)
Over an hour into the flight, we experienced the worst turbulence I’ve ever felt. I really didn’t think we were going to make it to Japan. I didn’t get thrown out of the plane and swallowed by a great fish, but I did do some serious thinking and praying.
I realized I had not asked the Lord to show me His will about my return to Aomori. I had simply accepted the advice that I wanted to hear. Well, we had a grace breakthrough at about 30,000 feet. By that I mean my Lord won the argument, and I agreed to go back to Aomori. Funny how that happens!
Gradually my attitude toward Aomori changed. By the time I was on the train, almost “home,” my heart was full of joy, excitement and praise to God. Encountering God and following Him gives great joy and contentment in any situation.
The circumstances didn’t change. I still struggled with discouragement and depression. But I found my Father and His grace to be enough to meet all my needs and to satisfy my heart.
And then about four months after my return to Aomori, something happened that made me so glad that I had not gone someplace else. God had a major blessing coming that I would have missed if I had moved to more comfortable circumstances.
Have you ever stayed in a situation that was difficult for you, and then later you were glad that you did? Tell me about it in the contact form or by email to email@example.com.
Please go to the next day as another amazing grace breakthrough happens–in the older Japanese sister’s life.