In 1995, Todd and Beth Guckenberger went on a short-term mission trip to Mexico that forever changed their lives, and Beth shares their story in the book Reckless Faith. A few years after their first mission trip, they started Back2Back ministries to work with orphanages and children homes throughout Mexico. This summer, I was able to visit some friends who work with Back2Back in Mazatlán, Mexico, and I saw firsthand how God is working through their lives.
In the book, Beth writes a few things about vision:
- A person who makes the wildest claims, has the biggest ideas, and can stir up the largest crowd usually ends up being labeled a “visionary.” For me, a “visionary” is that person who has spent so much time with the Master they see circumstances completely from his perspective. For instance, when they’re told, “It can’t be done,” they build arks, part seas, and believe in virgin births. And when they look into the eyes of an orphan, they see a child of a King. Now that is vision!
- I have no idea if God will multiply this ministry or raise up another to minister to orphans. I have no idea if he will call us to go miles deep where we are or miles wider where we aren’t. I do know that He rarely reveals the whole story, which we find so unsatisfying. He’s much more interested in the development of my dependence on Him and my relationship with Him than He is in impressing me with his plans. I already know He has big plans. He has an incredible track record.
- Vision is a peace that today I have done all He created me to do. Vision believes that I will wake up tomorrow and be used by Him again. It is seeing every person’s God-given potential and birthright.
It’s been three months since I read this book, but I’ve been thinking of this chapter quite a bit the past few weeks (first when school started and especially ever since Mya joined Team Collier two weeks ago).
You see, I like to plan and control outcomes, but with both school and with Mya, I’m not in control. I have no idea what God’s plan is for either, but I do know I want to be part of both stories. That’s where reckless faith comes in. It goes back to believing I will wake up tomorrow and be used by Him again.
There is a peace knowing that God is using all of us for His vision, and when I see things from that perspective, things start to make sense. I see how God brought us all together for this year, to work with these specific students, and to make a difference where we are. I also see how God brought Mya to our family so we can make a difference right now where we are.
I don’t know God’s whole plan for CAC or His whole plan for our family, but I’m happy to be along for the ride.