A little over a week ago we were sitting around a kitchen table learning the ends and outs of the Choir's social media. Then someone's cellphone rang, with the ringtone of Switchfoot's “Dare You to Move,” a song which I really like. In the current setting, those words got me to thinking.
Here I am with some Ugandan children who have really “dared to move.” They have left their homes, families, and everything they know behind and came to America to share their talents and testimonies through the Mwangaza Choir tour. Sure, the tour will help raise awareness and support for children much like themselves back in their home country; nevertheless, this is also a mission trip to America. These children will minister far more to us than we will to them. I've already been blessed to see the freedom and depth in worship they have, and I'm sure that will convey both on stage and off. They will be a witness to all with whom they come in contact – both through public demonstrations of what God is doing through the concerts and more private example through interaction with us “more stable” Americans.
Needless to say, they are certainly out of their comfort zone: they left it in another country. They were willing to say yes to difficult call and opportunity and this got me to thinking about areas of our life that perhaps the Lord is prompting us to move.
Now, when dealing with a subject such as this, we must be cautious to not to view such a thought through the lenses of preconception. It is easy to let our minds wander to a place such as “Is God calling me to take a trip to Africa/South America/Fill in the blank?” or “Do I need to serve more/ full time in some ministry?” I know for myself I may quickly go to some major “move” I wonder if God is wanting me to make.
This certainly may be the case, and if you believe the Lord may be leading you to make some major move or leap of faith, let me encourage seek Him and discern that clearly; however, I think we need to pay more attention to some seemingly less drastic moves. Is the Lord perhaps calling you to “move” some aspect of your thinking, some way of looking at things...or others? Is He wanting us to respond differently to a friend or coworker? Is He asking us to show His love through something simple such as spending some time with a neighbor or initiating a relationship with a fellow church member we do not know well? Is He calling us to minister to an “undesirable,” who may be no more than that person at work that we can't stand? Is there some minor adjustment He'd like us to make in our daily lives?
What I think is so important in listening to the Lord is listening to exactly what He is saying, not adding to it or morphing it through our own preconceived notions of what He really means. Whether big or small to us, we need to be quick to hear and obey, and we need to be completely open to Him to show us precisely what it is He is leading us to do.