Dan Holland comments on a recent Mission in Wales
‘I know, LORD, that a person’s way of life is not his own; no one who walks determines his own steps.’ (Jer 10v 23)
One morning during my W2 week in Letterston I hobbled on my bruised heel (humbling for someone who thought he could easily take Walk the Way in his stride!) posting Hope cards through letterboxes.
Out of one house sprang a smiling lady who tried to counter-evangelise me. She was a Jehovah’s Witness. We had a lovely chat during which she quoted the above scripture. This was David’s stone hitting me squarely between my eyes!
I then had the opportunity to explain Walk the Way, our pilgrimage, and how helpful that verse was to me at that time. I was so struck by God speaking a profound truth to me through this lady who knew nothing of what we were doing. It seemed such an obscure verse to bring up; I can’t even remember why, but I sincerely thanked her.
As we step out walking we don’t know the ‘who’ or ‘where’ or ‘when’ or ‘why’ or ‘how’. We simply have a heart to say ‘yes’ to God and the willingness to flow with what He is doing. Our best laid plans stalled not least because of my injured foot. However, I am convinced God got us to where we needed to be at the time we needed to be there.
There was no cleverness our end of the equation; the magnificence is all His. He is the great chess master moving the human pieces around the chess board. ‘The steps of a man are ordered by the LORD who takes delight in his journey.’ (Psalm 27v 23)
The variety and contrast of encounters within one week are extraordinary. One man isolating as he waited for an operation told us from a distance that Jesus visited him in his bedroom. The last time Jesus had come he was frightened and asked him to leave. He wondered if Jesus would understand and come back again. Other professing (insert a denomination here) believed in reincarnation. Some ‘atheists’ shared the utter tragedies of their lives.
It is a blessing on all Walk the Way walkers and prayer partners to embrace the disruptions of God, the confounding of our ‘wisdom’ and His supreme providence to get us in front of the right people at the right time with His gospel of grace.
Daniel Holland is a UK missionary with Through Faith Missions. He wrote “Through The Tunnel – Free at Last” published by PUSH Publishing, as his personal testimony. His second book “Prophetic Evangelism – Kingdom Exploits in the Risk Zone” was published January 2021, via Christian Publications International: https://christian-publications-int.com/PropheticEvangelism.html