Almost two weeks ago, I had the privilege to attend the Declare Conference. I went with a team to represent Gospel for Asia, and I thought I was just going to help man our sponsor table, and maybe learn a few tips about blogging or social media. But God had more than that in store.
One of the biggest things that stood out to me at the conference came from Logan Wolfram‘s session on Wild Obedience, called Stewarding Life Well.
The theme of the conference was wild obedience, and I felt like laughing at the thought of me being wildly obedient, because it seemed so far fetched. Maybe sometimes obedient, probably more times disobedient, but wildly obedient? That stuff is reserved for super awesome people who live on a pedestal, right? But God. God really used Logan’s words to remind me and show me that He can use anyone, and that what looks like wild obedience on the outside is really just small steps of diligent, faithful, everyday obedience. It was such a good reminder, and a needed one, that God uses the foolish things of the world, not the super wise, super talented, super awesome. He can use anyone, if they are faithfully, diligently obedient. And on a more personal note, the Lord brought to mind some creeping doubts that had entered my thoughts in the days prior to the conference. “Who am I to serve in His kingdom? I am so small, how could I be useful? Do I even matter? Is all of this in vain?” And He confronted them with truth, and spoke kind words of hope over me. “Even when you feel so unequipped, He gives manna. It will be enough.”
It was really a blessing to get to meet so many awesome ladies, as well as get to share about what God is doing in Asia through the ministry of Gospel for Asia. I got to serve alongside Thomas, Sara, Natalya and my sister Elicia. We had the privilege of sharing about the documentary Veil of Tears and the plight of women in Asia, and we got to host a movie night for it! You can watch the trailer for Veil of Tears here, and just like the ones we had at our table, you can order a free movie night kit here. I am so grateful that the Lord allowed me to come to Declare. I thought I was just attending a blogging conference, but I got so much more than knowledge about blogging out of it. There, God moved and spoke. Now, I can see a little bit more that He has purpose in all things, whether they are big or small, and He has a plan. He simply asks me to follow and diligently obey in the small, daily things: He’s got the rest.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58