When the Lord asked, “Whom shall I send and who will go for me”, Isaiah answered, “Here am I. Send me.” Isaiah 6:8. (NKJV).
I told the Lord a long time ago that I would go “where He leads me.” I want to share a true story of God’s leading in my life and hopefully, it will help you see how He is leading you.
It was January and I was feeling a little unsettled in my spirit. Things were moving slowly, or so I thought, and I felt I had to do something about it. I was trying to force things and at the same time feeling uncomfortable about it. At that point, I received a prophecy in which the Lord told me that I was in a time of rest. That was a very liberating word to me because the Lord explained what was going on with me in a way that I understood it. I was at peace and liberated after hearing this prophecy.
After a very restful sleep, I woke up the next morning and knew that I was free to travel and that I would be travelling soon. This was a new concept for me because for the past four years I was firmly established in a part of Indianapolis called Broad Ripple Village. My husband and I owned a Christian Bookstore there and I managed it on a full-time basis. And yes, that is another fantastic story that I will elaborate on later. I went to Ohio for a weekend to minister with Hosanna Sacred Arts and could not wait to get home. I literally rejoiced when we approached I465 on our return trip.
But now, the Lord was making a change in direction for me and the ministry into which He had called me. Of course, I said, “Ok, Lord!” When we hear His voice, we must go where He calls when He calls. Failing to so would put us out of His will, His protection and His anointing. So, I waited for further instruction from my Lord.
In February I had lunch with an old friend. In the course of our conversation, she mentioned that she wanted to go to Romania and minister to children in the orphanages there. I shared with her what the Lord was telling me. and she said, “you should go to Romania with me and teach dance in the orphanages.” Wow, I said I would pray about it.
Pray I did! I never felt that gentle check in my spirit that would caution me not to go, but I told the Lord that I needed more. I needed to know without a doubt that this was His desire for me before I would undertake such a big endeavor. How sweetly the Lord answered me. Every time I opened my Bible all that I could read about was taking the Word of the Lord to “ALL NATIONS.” Every message I heard was about “ALL NATIONS.” A guest minister came to my church and, you guessed it, he spoke about “ALL NATIONS,” He pointed out the following Scripture:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 19, 20. (NKJV}
At this point, the Lord asked me, “Why do you continue to ask Me the same thing? There it is.” No more questions from me: I was now sure of the call.
Why Romania? People reminded me that we have many needs here in the USA, so why not work with orphans here? However, this is the door that God opened and wanted me to go through. He gave me this Scripture: “A great door for effective work has opened unto me.” 1 Corinthians 16.9 (NIV).
Further study of the word “effective” revealed its meaning: “producing a decisive, decided or desired effect.” That decisive, decided and desired effect for us was to minister to their needs and bring the Gospel of Jesus to them. Another confirmation came when we learned that the Romanian government had requested that volunteer artists come and teach in the orphanages.
The preparation of the Lord had already taken place. We had taught Vacation Bible School at our church several times working with children of various ages. We taught songs, crafts, the Word: basically, everything we would be doing in Romania. I have taught dance classes for many years to both children and adults. My dance classes are ministry classes because the students learn not only dance technique but are accompanied by lyrical Christian music and they receive prayer on a regular basis. My friend had done much work with children in the areas of art, music and crafts. It is important to note that you won’t suddenly become a super whatever on the foreign field if you aren’t doing that thing before you go.
Finally, Acts 1:8 (NKJV) says,
“But you will receive power when the Holy Ghost comes on you and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, to the ends of the earth.”
In summary, what is necessary to do a work like this? First there must be the call, then the open door, then the preparation of the Lord. Two out of three of these elements won’t be enough. If you have the call but lack the open door or the preparation, ask Jesus to show you how to proceed. If you have the call and the preparation but lack the open door, ask Him for it. Everything comes out of a relationship with Him, so ask Him where He would lead you.