How does a “girl” from Colombia end up half-way around the world, ministering to people of different cultures and languages? As I write this I’m on a plane traveling with a group of women to Egypt, where we will be working alongside a relief organization that helps poor families with education, health, and spiritual support — and I’m just amazed at the goodness of God!
I remember when I first got saved that I had a yearning to preach, to teach, to minister. Combine that with a love for travel. I didn’t know back then — there’s no way I could have articulated any sort of a call to the nations. But I look back and see how God has woven such a beautiful tapestry…
This will be the 10th country in which I get to minister. What a privilege! And it’s nothing I have done on my own. In fact, whenever people ask me where I see myself in 5, 10 or so years, I usually respond by stating this simple truth: earlier in my life I had certain plans, and none of them turned out as I anticipated. Instead, I see what God has done, and it’s far, far better!
God knows how He wired me; He designed, planned, and formed me, and then He worked in me the desire that can only be fulfilled by living in His plan.
Philippians 2:13 says that it is God who works on us both to will (desire) and to do of His good pleasure. That is certainly true of my life.
Proverbs 3:5-6 teaches us to trust in the Lord with all of our heart and lean not to our own understanding, but to acknowledge Him in all our ways and He will direct our paths.
I am living this wonderful adventure that makes my life rich, fruitful, and fulfilling. Yes! This is abundant life! And my heart is full of gladness and gratitude to my God — my Father, my Savior, my all — who gives it to me.
Oh, how I wish that others could experience this same fullness; but not all are ready to listen. Many people are so taken up with their own goals and plans, trying to control their lives, that they are missing out on what true life is about.
As for me, I will continue trusting my life to His care, enjoying every minute, and continually giving thanks for the joy and privilege of living in the Father’s good pleasure for my life.
Dr. Chiqui Polo-Wood | All Rights Reserved 2015