As I write this, we are in our 6th month without written flight permissions. These past few months have been full of meetings, waiting, and more meetings. The team has worked on getting the planes in ship shape for when we can fly again. The pilots have been studying and staying current. The staff has invested extra time in training our national staff. Many including me are putting in extra time working on language. It has been a time of introspection and drawing closer to God. A school was started in our new city for the children of our team. We have prayed for God’s blessing on this land and our work here. But we really want to be flying again. Doesn't it seem more efficient for us to have had our flight permissions yesterday? Couldn't we do more for the kingdom though our flying. What about those people in the regions who need our help?
The thing is God's definition of efficiency is much different than ours. At our small group last week, we talked about this very subject. One teammate quoted a fellow worker in Africa who said that God is not efficient as we would consider efficient. The prophet Isaiah knew this and spoke about it in Isaiah 55:8 as he writes that God’s ways are not like our ways.
Think about it. In our thinking, the Christmas story was not very efficient. it was not efficient for Mary to have to come all the way to Bethlehem to have Baby Jesus. Why have the Wise men to travel all those many miles just to see Baby Jesus. Weren’t there any wise men closer? Wouldn’t it have been more efficient to get rid of Herod and save all those babies? To our human minds, it does not make sense. Why would God go to all the trouble of bringing Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem and then send them to Egypt. But when we read the Christmas story, we see how it all fits together and even then we only see a small part of God's plan.
So as we wait, we know that God is sovereign and has a plan. We acknowledge that His ways are not our ways as we look in anticipation for what He will do in His timing. In the meantime, we take one day at time trying to live faithfully in this place. This has been a year with many ups and downs, many joys and sorrows but God is good in the midst of it all.
God, Help me remember that efficiency is a western concept not a God concept. May I be faithful to your plan each day even when it doesn't make sense or seem efficient. Help me to wait in anticipation of seeing you work in this time and this place even if it doesn't look like I think it should look. Work in and through me. In Jesus name, Amen