It begins when we listen for God
at work in places completely foreign to us.
These locations might be
right outside our door,
at a time of day different from
the ones we normally venture out.
They may be across town,
in places we wouldn't travel on purpose,
or across the globe,
in places that, by our own ignorance,
strike fear into our hearts.
God will not fit in a pocket
or a suitcase; needs neither
to be delivered to nor
rescued from any place.
God simply needs to be found.
When we arrive at any place
that is not home -
and perhaps often at home, too -
our initial task should be
to discern all of the ways and
places in which God is already laboring.
Until we do that, and find
the humility to offer the fullness
of ourselves to that which God
is already doing and desires,
mission will completely elude us.
© 2013 Todd Jenkins