The idea for my devotion, “Behind the Scenes,” came from what my friend Jan shared on a hot Sunday morning in Monrovia, Liberia, where we were on a short-term ministry trip doing teacher training for children’s workers. It struck me that so many of the things we do for the Lord, we want to be “center stage” where we can be acknowledged for our work, accomplishments, or talent. But the ones who “provide the raw materials for a miracle,” as I said in the devotion, are just as important and valued. My friend Jan says she first encountered this thought from a favorite Bible school teacher. And so the circle goes on—we are inspired by others, we share, and we bless others with what we share!
Since I wrote my devotion, we have moved clear across Washington State to a small town where I am finding my place in the community of faith where we have landed. I am looking for new places where “my behind-the-scenes faithfulness can be a part of creative miracles in the hands of Jesus.” It may include packing a lunch with loaves and a few small fish as I imagine the mother of the boy in the John 6 passage did.
I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”
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