Back in 2012 – when God made clear he wanted to see a dramatic change in the direction of our lives – we prayed, we read scripture, and we talked to trusted long-standing Christian friends who had been on this path before us.
One wise lady warned us to take significant time before deciding what to do next. This would allow me (Myles) to “decompress” from my “always on” life in global media, to slow down, to learn to be more fully a man of prayer, to learn how to go at God’s pace rather than man’s, and above all to wait on the Lord.
It is amazing how often the Bible exhorts us to “wait on the Lord” and even though God promises real blessing on those who wait, isn’t it one of the most difficult things to do. It seems to be a fundamental part of the human condition – part of wanting to make ourselves God – that we want to take control, to force the pace, and to do rather than be!
And, while over the last two years we have had the wonderful (if not always painless) experience of slowing down and being shaped by God, waiting still does not come easy to me. Perhaps I needed more shaping and that is why over these last few months as we have tried to complete our house sale things have progressed so slowly. Perhaps it was so we were able to close off so many loose ends that would have kept us looking over our shoulder as we moved to Malawi. Perhaps it was so we had more time to help our daughter settle in to our new down-sized UK family home. Perhaps it was so we were arround to deputize for a dear zambesi mission friend as he worked his way through a tragic bereavement.
However, through all this one thing has never changed: we have remained strong and our hearts have remained courageous in our call to Malawi. God brought this home to me on Sunday morning when a faithful old servant of His gently asked: With this delay have you ever caught yourself wondering if you should change your plans concerning Malawi? My heart leapt with joy as I realised that we never had! Not from a lack of imagination or trials or concerns, but because at every step God has strengthened our hearts’ resolve that this is His path.
We hope that you will continue to follow us as we step out with God. And we pray that God might continue to work in your hearts too, that we all might better learn to be strong, and take courage, as we wait for the Lord.
Wait for the Lord; Be strong, and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)