So, now that I have had some time to get settled, I want to take some time to share what God has been doing in my heart, here in the Czech Republic. Here is just a small portion of my prayer/journal time this morning:
…I guess that I didn’t understand prayer as much. I know that, as Christians, we should pray often. Paul encourages us, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, to pray often, but how many of us actually do that? I know that for myself, it is so much easier to forgo prayer in favor of something else, like watching a movie, reading a book, or hanging out with people. None of these things are bad in themselves, but when they take you away from communion with Father God, that is when they cross the border into the Land of Idolatry.
And the funny thing is, I didn’t regard these things as idolatry until I realized how spiritually anemic I had become by not “devoting [myself] to prayer” at other times in my life.
Coming to the Czech Republic has been one of the greatest things to happen to my spiritual life. It is so true that we turn to God more when we are experiencing times of trouble, but it’s not as common to turn to Him when we experience times of loneliness. I usually turn to some close friends or even leaders during these times. God knew that if He was going to get more of me, He was going to have to take me away from everything that I used to rely on.
And that has been so beautiful to me.
By removing my “support structure” that I have built over the past four years in Fort Smith, God has showed me who He really is. The best way that I can describe it, is like living in a city all of your life to one day be taken out in a field to truly appreciate the beauty of the night sky. Don’t get me wrong, there are so many great people here in Liberec that I am blessed to do ministry with, but there is something to be said about trusting in God in a foreign land…
So, in a nutshell, that is what I have been learning so far. I am nothing great, by any means. But I hope that in reading this, my words have sparked a hunger inside of you to get alone with our Great Father. Rely on Him today.