Jesus the Other Sun

Guiding me along the lighted path…

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FAITH TRAVELS THE DISTANCE

Courtesy of www.biblehistory.com

The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household, and go to the land I will show you.” –Genesis 12:1, NIV

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“Would you like to teach in Indonesia? I can offer you a one-year contract.”

I held my breath in excitement. I knew nothing about this country,  but I wanted to go like nobody’s business. It seemed far-flung and exotic.

I needed a physical and an eye exam for the job. After the eye exam, the doctor suggested I see a specialist. Sure, no problem.

The results shocked me: “You are going blind. Maybe not today or tomorrow. We don’t know when. What we do know is that you will lose your sight eventually.”

Although certainly taken aback by this news, I still had to make a decision. Would I continue with my plans to teach in Indonesia or stay home? Could I chance going blind in an unknown country?

I sought out scripture to guide me. An old testament verse grabbed my attention. Abram had left home to travel to a foreign land. He knew nothing about that place except that God promised to lead him. Abram trusted that God would provide for all his needs there just as He had always done at home.

That situation was just like mine. God would provide for me in Indonesia exactly as He had done in the United States. If I left my own support system behind to work overseas, God knew what I needed and would care for me.

I found the faith I needed to pursue the Indonesian job despite my vision problems.  I never regretted it.

Trust God to care for you wherever you go.

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8 thoughts on “Faith Travels the Distance

  • September 6, 2014 at 12:35 am
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    Amy,

    I like how you sought the Word in your decision to travel to Indonesia. And as you knocked on the Bible’s door, God opened up Genesis 12:1 for you. But that had to be and incredible test of faith, having just learned that you were going blind.

  • September 6, 2014 at 1:03 am
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    Matt,
    Yeah, it was. But I made lifelong friends there.
    Really good friends! It was so worth it!
    Have you ever gone overseas – for missions or otherwise?
    Amy

  • September 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm
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    I like to hear certain definitions of biblical words from other people making it clearer in my own mind. Two are words we throw around in our Christian vocabulary all the time–FAITH AND HOPE. You Amy put the definitions into the practical and that is a good thing: “FAITH is the practical expression of the confidence in God and His Word.” “HOPE is a heartfelt expectation of something with an outstretched neck.” You definitely illustrate in your experience both these definitions Amy, and you are appreciated. Thanks for sharing.

  • September 6, 2014 at 11:48 pm
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    What a wonderful comment, Mel!
    I love those definitions. I chuckled when I read your definition of hope! Great visual!
    Thank you! I am putting together a devotional book for the vision-impaired with another young woman.
    This is one of the devotionals we want to include.
    Thanks again,
    Amy

  • September 8, 2014 at 11:45 pm
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    I loved this! You continued to allow God to lead you despite your challenges. I hope you will share with us your experiences in Indonesia!

  • September 9, 2014 at 2:59 am
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    Hi Kathleen,
    So glad you enjoyed it! I did have amazing experiences in Indonesia that I plan to share, some of them through my devotionals!
    Amy

  • September 10, 2014 at 5:57 pm
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    Thanks Amy, your story is a challenge to every believer who can’t “see” where he/she is going. If we trust Him, God will provide!

  • September 10, 2014 at 8:59 pm
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    Thank you, Karen. It’s difficult moving into new challenges without knowing how it will end. But I figure that if God takes you to it, then He will provide what you lack and enable you to succeed in that endeavor. 🙂

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