Thy Way, Not Mine

26 Aug / by: dan / 1 comments /

We are a little over a year into itineration. We have spent the last twelve months traveling thousands of miles, telling our story, and meeting lots of wonderful people who are joining us in our journey through prayer and financial support. And now, about a year in, we’re feeling the weight of the process.

Our goal has been to get to Spain in the fall of 2015, and now that fall is quickly approaching, we feel like our goal may slip past us. The truth is, we have always wanted God to get us there exactly when He wants us there, no sooner, no later. But now with a family of four, a house that is partially packed up, and a lot of question marks about what we will be doing in/for the next several months, we think it will take a miracle for us to leave for Spain in the fall. As our friend, Pastor Dave Mazzella put it, “That’s a pretty good place for you to be in.”

“You need a miracle?

That’s a pretty good place to be in.”

I read an article today that opened with, “Your success depends entirely upon how hard you work.” For us as itinerating missionaries, not much could be further from the truth. When I worked at Valley Forge, I had classes, projects, broadcasts, advising, events, students, and all kinds of things vying for my attention. How hard and how many hours I worked directly affected what I was able to get done. Now, our “success,” defined as reaching our funding goal so we can go to Spain, is in the hands of others. We work hard, but it’s not our hard work that will ultimately make a difference. Our success depends on the Holy Spirit moving on the hearts of our current and future supporters and people catching the vision of reaching millions with the Gospel through the power of media. When my friend Jerry told me that itineration was 75% spiritual, I laughed. But I absolutely believe that is true.

Thy-Way-Not-Mine-400Even though we are feeling the weight of the process, we aren’t discouraged. We aren’t overwhelmed. We are at peace. We know God is sovereign and good, and He has it all under control.

A fellow missionary recently posted the words to a hymn by Horatius Bonar called “Thy Way, Not Mine,” and it really hits home for us. No matter what the path looks like, no matter where it takes us, Thy way, not mine. We hope it encourages you as it has us:

Thy Way, Not Mine

Thy way, not mine, O Lord,
However dark it be!
Lead me by thine own hand,
Choose out the path for me.

Smooth let it be, or rough,
It will be still the best;
Winding or straight, it matters not,
Right onward to thy rest.

I dare not choose my lot;
I would not, if I might;
Choose thou for me, my God;
So shall I walk aright.

The kingdom that I seek
Is thine; so let the way
That leads to it be thine,
Else I must surely stray.

Take thou my cup, and it
With joy or sorrow fill,
As best to thee may seem;
Choose thou my good and ill;

Choose thou for me my friends,
My sickness or my health;
Choose thou my cares for me,
My poverty or wealth.

Not mine, not mine the choice,
In things or great or small;
Be thou my guide, my strength,
My wisdom, and my all.

comments ( 1 )

  • Thinking of you guys always and know that God has called you! God is so much bigger and I know that our God will get you to Spain! I really believe that it is during these times of uncertainty, of truly letting go and saying “God its all you” is when the miracle really happens! Love you guys and we believe in you! Your family is going to Change the World! Thank you for stepping out in faith and doing what you are called to do!
    -The Lanzones

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