Monday, November 5, 2018

When God Comes Through

Recently I was sick and feeling quite weak.  I had told friends, "I look forward to sharing how God shows up!" but I didn't exactly know what that would look like.  I just knew that He would do some amazing things...

Well, the next afternoon I started losing my voice!  This certainly wasn't part of my plan.  Initially, I had just imagined myself super tired from being sick.  I had imagined myself running around, very busy with classes.   That's all.  I certainly hadn't thought of the possibility that my voice for teaching would be gone.

Wednesday morning before class, I couldn't get much out besides a croak that sounded like a frog.  I wanted to tell God that this wasn't something that could happen.

Something my former youth pastor told me awhile back stuck with me.  He said that when you're in a position where you desperately need God to show up, that's when God delights to do so.  I remembered this and told God, "Okay, God, here's the thing.  I can't talk.  So You're gonna have to do this."

As my students came pouring in for our 8AM class, I smiled, took a deep breath and opened my mouth.  I didn't sound like my normal self but - I could talk!  Surprised, I began to grin.  God had this.

Then before my next class, my voice was gone again.  Again, "God, You have to do this."  Then as class started, I suddenly was able to speak again.  It continued like this for every single class the whole week.  The moment before each class I didn't have a voice but just as class started, God would come through and I could talk!

Isn't it funny that even though I've experienced countless miracles over the years, I still wonder if God can really do this.  I find myself saying, "Actually, God, this looks impossible.  Can you really do this?!"

Yet, God delights in the impossible and He delights in reminding me that He can indeed take care of me.  He's got this.


Joanna Suich has been serving with VOICE Missions since February 2013.  As a child, she attempted to dig her way to China, but only made it two feet in before her mom called her to dinner.  Although Joanna never made it to China, God did bring her nearby to the island of Taiwan.  She has a heart for all things involving missions, juvenile delinquents and adventures.  God has placed Hualien in her heart and it's home now.  She currently is doing college online as she volunteers, majoring in social work.  If you're looking for Joanna, check the local village or orphanage and you'll probably find her there - playing, tutoring and sharing Christ's love and truth.