are you ready vs are you willing

ready vs willingToday I read a post of one of my friends Philip who is a Mission Mobilizer telling about a girl named Jill who left Canada 2 days ago to live among the poor in Thailand. He quoted her post in the blog saying: 

I’m leaving for Thailand! But am I ready?

“Are you ready?” This is a question I’ve been asked a lot lately. Most people are wondering if I’m packed or if my flight is booked. Others wonder if I’m ready to say goodbye to family and friends. My leaders want to know if I’m emotionally, spiritually, physically well and ready to take on this next challenge.

“Am I ready?” I ask myself this question too. My flight is booked, I have my passport and visa. I’m not quite packed, but I’m getting to that. And one by one I’m saying goodbye to friends and family.

But am I ready to move to the other side of the world? I wonder what feeling “ready” would actually feel like. I guess it depends on how you define the word. Am I fully prepared for what’s coming next? Being “unprepared” ranks fairly high on my list of greatest fears. I almost never feel ready. I almost always think I need more time, more time to prepare, more time to perfect, more time to plan for every possible scenario.

I wonder if anyone ever asked Abraham if he was “ready”. God told him to go, without even telling him his destination. How do you pack for that? I’m going to guess that Moses didn’t feel ready for the assignment he was given. He was still arguing that he wasn’t the right man for the job. What about when Jesus sent out the seventy-two? I’m sure there must have been one or two in the crowd feeling like they needed a few more weeks of training.

In the end, I’m not sure if God asks us to feel “ready” before embarking on our next assignment. None of us really knows what lies before us. I’m not sure if I feel “ready”, but I do feel chosen, appointed, and called. And “He who calls [me] is faithful. He will surely do it” (1 Thess 5:24).

So ready or not, here I come!

So I’m sharing with you what I felt when I read her part of the blog. I felt that she was leaving without knowing if she knew everything about the place where she was going, people ministering, difficulties awaiting…

She went because God told her so, not because she felt completely confident on her abilities.

She went because the love for these people was greater that her need and the need of this people was more urgent than her need to be better prepared.

Prepared! I believe in preparation, but in what cost. I’m thankful to missionaries who came in Albania. Were all fantastic? I don;t know, there were not perfect, and sometimes we as new believers wished later than our first examples would be better prepared in some areas. But as many they told me, they were burdened with the love for Albanians and they left their lives to invest what they have among Albanians.

Ready vs Willing.

Sometimes when I don;t want to do something, I say I’m not ready. But deep inside of me it is “I’m not wiling”. Wishing to pray, willing to give, willing to go.

My bottom line is this: If god says GO, you go, because He will say that in the right timing. We will never be perfectly prepared to do all the task ahead of us, but He has promised that He would be with us as we GO.

So today, if your heart was moved, please pray with me: “God, I am willing to go. I will not be disobedient and I will not justify my delay. Send me where you want me to go. Let me know your will and I will do it by your grace.” 

While you are waiting for GOD so say something super-special, do the normal thing He has told you in the Scriptures. You will be trained to recognize better His voice when He says you something different.

 

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