The journey is more important than the end result

Posted on May 12, 2017 at 2:14 pm by Marine Reach No Comment

I found myself joining staff here at YWAM Marine Reach because I felt God calling me to a life surrendered to Him and doing His work among the nations. My time on DTS was truly radical – it felt like God opened my eyes to what a life living in intimacy with Him actually looked like. Each week, we had new teaching from a different speaker who had an incredible life story of who they new God to be – whether it was a healer or deliverer, the Father or the Spirit! It felt like I would be getting revelations from the Bible that would be revolutionising the way that I saw the world, my old life and my new life in Christ and the path that He was forging before me. Outreach filled me with dreams and new hopes – the kind of faith-filled stuff that we did like praying for the sick or even discipling youth groups and spending time relationship building – I knew that I wanted to do this forever! I wanted to do this in countries all over the world, wherever the Spirit would lead me. And so when I felt like God was calling me back, I accepted with complete enthusiasm because I knew that this was the beginning of God taking me on a journey to the place in life where my utmost desire dwelled.

My journey on staff since coming back has not been quite what I expected though. I found that it was harder to connect with God or even hear His voice, felt slightly more lonely and my life seemed to lack that same fullness that it did on DTS.

It didn’t have anything to do with the ministry or YWAM. I was still around a DTS environment, I attend the same worship times and intercession times and even small groups as I did on DTS.

However, I found the thing that has changed was that the purpose of the season  DTS is a beautiful season where you set apart 5 or 6 months – to seek God and encounter Him without a lot external responsibility i.e. work or serving ministry and to be invested in by a loving staff team who are committed to praying and setting a culture.

However, when you re-enter – It’s a different story, God will take you on your own unique journey with Him. For some of us, it’s to build on the foundations that were started on DTS, others it’s to further disciple them in specific areas – identity, calling, character and more! And wherever you begin your process of re-entry, you may not always have the same environment that you did on DTS.

The important thing is to not get caught up comparing yourself to others on that journey, because God realises the value and complexity of who He created you to be, and therefore as your Creator and Father, He has his own way of cultivating a relationship with you! Life with God isn’t a continuum of how good of a Christian you are, instead it’s an adventure filled with so much abundance and blessings straight from the Father’s heart and a place to understand and grow in more of who God is and who you are in Him. I’m not saying that it will be easy, but I am saying that the trials, and the changes and the work that God will do on your heart – if yielded to Him will be SO worth it. I want to encourage you guys today, your relationship with God isn’t dependant on a place or a location, but it’s dependant on your heart posture with God and how much you’re willing to trust in Him.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is in the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water that sends out its roots by the stream and does not fear when heat comes, for it’s leaves remain green and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit” – Jeremiah 17:7

A Word From Marine Reach

Marine Reach was founded in September 1990 in Tauranga New Zealand. Since its inception we have had over 900 international students attend our DTS courses, taking God's love and healing to the nations. Marine Reach has served over 300,000 in the Asia Pacific regions, and hopes to reach our goal of 1 million people served by 2020 through our ships, volunteers, students and partner ministries.

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