This time of year, children dressed as super heroes will be arriving on many doorsteps. But that is not what I’m talking about!! Tonight – a family of superheroes walked up on my front porch! You couldn’t tell they were superheroes just by looking at them. There were no huge “S”‘s on their chests but there should be!
Now I know they would *blush* at the thought of me saying this about them and I don’t want to put undo pressure on them – as I am very aware they are NOT superhuman…But in a world that holds up pop stars and rock stars as role models for our children – I MUST give a huge “shout out” to all the missionaries around the world!!! You are my heroes!
Holly and Andy and their 3 children are missionaries in the Ukraine – but let me tell you how our friendship began!
We met in our youth group at church when I was a freshman in high school and Holly was a Junior. I was a public school, chatty cheerleader with a hungry heart for more of Jesus in my life and she was a homeschooled sweet, quiet, strong spiritual role model. She took me under her wing and met with me weekly giving me daily Bible reading assignments and holding me accountable for 2 years straight. Then off to Moody Bible Institute she went!
I longed to be like my mentor, so I visited her at the Moody Bible Institute and I loved it. 2 years later, off to the Moody Bible I went – following in her footsteps. There once again, I was the immature Freshman and she was the mature, leader and R.A. of our dorm floor. I continued to watch her like a hawk and often found myself sitting in her dorm room – pouring out my problems to her! She always had a Bible verse and prayer as she calmly reassured me of God’s sovereignty. This girl was as cool as a cucumber through every trial and tribulation – she amazed me!
A verse she introduced to me, that I still turn to today in times of fear, trouble, or confusion is Psalm 84:11,12. It says:
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield, the Lord bestows favor and honor, no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.”
This verse helped me when I wondered if Keith would EVER ask me to marry him lol! (we dated 4 years) God has brought this verse to mind when I’ve wondered why certain trials were in my life and it helps me even now as opportunities arise and I pass them by because it’s the wrong season of life…I remember “no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” If these things were good for me, he would not withhold them and when they are withheld I am reassured – their withholding is a gift. Simply trust.
And so tonight – I heard superhero/real life stories of lives being transformed by the amazing power of God working through Holly and Andy and their children in the Ukraine. Their family ministry is compelling, inspiring and puts some of my feeble attempts at ministry to shame. Once again, I just long to follow in Holly’s footsteps…to faithfully follow God wherever he leads…”For the Lord God is a sun and a shield”…he is worthy! He is able!
They are living proof that being blessed comes not from all the stuff and junk we Americans cling to and call blessings but of Psalm 84:11,12 – “Blessed is the man who trust in you.” Be blessed and don’t forget to read missionary stories to your children – this world will try to offer them weak heroes – they need real life spirit-filled heroes!