Five Minute Friday : StayPosted: November 16, 2012
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Ok this weeks topic is….
I think back to the time when God said to me “I know you will go for me, but are you also willing to stay?”
I had been back in my passport country for a few months deliberating what the next little bit of my life should look like. Should I go back to the country I was in, or should I go to a new one? Is it possible that I should be in my passport country for a while? Should I work, stay in full-time ministry, or go to school? I sat and a bench thinking it through, asking God to speak. “I’ll go anywhere you send me God, I’m up for anything!” I waited, and as I did, I heard those words “I know you will go for me, but are you also willing to stay?”
I realize for most people this is a no-brainer. Stay? Yes! Of course! They’d jump at the first mention. For me, a missionary kid, who was used to moving around, who thrived on change, who hated their passport country, it made my stomach turn. Stay? That was a big ask! It took me days to get back to God on it. And eventually I had the only answer I could have “If that’s what you want of me, yes I’ll stay. For you, anything.”
Staying is difficult, allowing yourself connections, pushing through the awkwardness, allowing people to know you, trying to ignore the itch to move on. Yet staying is so valuable too. To make deep friendships, to be a part of someones life for a few years, to have consistency in your friendships, to allow your soul to be quietened.
Sometimes we need to push through the pain of the itch to move on, and stay. Press into the now, experience everything it’s offering and stay with it a while.