Over the next few years I frequently traveled back and forth to England for long weekends of ministry. Flying on Thursday night, I would pack in as many singing and speaking engagements as possible, and then fly back home to Michigan on Tuesday. I learned how to brew a proper cup of tea, drive on the left side of the road, and park in spaces the size of postage stamps! But even though I dearly loved watching the Lord’s work in Great Britain, I couldn’t forget my crumbling construction-paper picture of Ireland. The Lord had given me a physical picture of His vision for my life, and my spirit just couldn’t rest until I saw Him bring it to pass.
Finally, one day the door opened for me to travel to the land of my dreams. Through a connection with an Irish pastor I had met in England, I gratefully accepted an invitation to visit the Emerald Isle for the first time. With tears of joy, I floated down through the clouds and stepped right into the construction-paper dream I was holding in my hands!
When I arrived, I quickly discovered that Ireland was as ready for me as I was for Ireland. Political and religious walls were coming down, and I met a whole generation of young people who had never heard the gospel. Disillusioned with the church, they were eager to hear spiritual truth. Equipped with a few Irish fiddle tunes and the Word of God, I embraced this beautiful land and its people.
Everywhere I went the Holy Spirit surprised me. It was as if I were crashing a party that had already begun. One day I walked into a church to set up my equipment and the people began to worship before I even sang or played a single note. Seeing my confusion, an Irish women laughed and said, “Jean, the funniest part is that you have no idea what is going on!” Apparently, the Lord didn’t need my music or words to do His work!
One evening after a concert, I prayed with people who were hungry for God until one o’clock the next morning. As I finally packed up my equipment, a man approached me and introduced himself. He said, “I’m the program director for United Christian Broadcasting Ireland Radio, and I’ve watched you pour yourself out to exhaustion for the Irish people. Would you like a bigger microphone? If God has a word for Ireland, we want to hear it!”
I eagerly accepted this unexpected invitation and began speaking to Ireland through radio by recording my messages from my home in Michigan. At first these were broadcast weekly but soon they were aired several times a day. God’s dreams for me were quickly coming to life!
The Lord had created me for a nation and for a calling much bigger than myself. He had trained me as a musician, gifted me as a speaker, and used my suffering to make me into a vessel He could use! Then, at just the right time, God opened the doors for me to step into the fullness of His calling.
Each of us are made to display the Lord’s glory in unique ways. There are people and nations He desires to love through us and dreams only He can fulfill. As we embrace God’s vision for our lives, He will give us faith to step into our destiny at just the right time.
“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (Hab. 2:2–3)
Ask the Lord today to remind you of His dreams for your life. Ask Him to make His vision clear. His leading will become like a still, small voice you cannot ignore. Then ask the Lord for the faith and courage to step into the vision in His time!
Father, I cannot become who You made me to be until I embrace Your vision for my life. Help me hear Your voice as You write Your vision upon my heart and give me faith to believe You will bring it to pass at just the right time! In Jesus’ name, amen.
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