It’s been five days since we returned from the Holy Land, a journey we prayed about for three years. The purpose of the trip was to take our own marriage on a mission to simulate and record what we believe couples go through as they set out to discover God’s mission for their marriages. And then, to translate our experiences for couples through various forms of media, curriculum, seminars, and retreats. (New “unscripted” videos will be posted on our Marriage on a Mission video gallery regularly.)
Three years of praying. Three years of planning. Three years of preparing for a mission that would only last sixteen days. It sounds pretty foolish when I say it like that, but I know, according to God’s Word, we’re in good company…with a whole host of other “fools” who have gone before us.
Since we’ve returned, we’ve been feverishly viewing and logging in the lessons we recorded, scanning through photos, and reviewing all our notes. We’ve been asking God for confirmation from His Word as to how we are now to go about processing and synthesizing our experiences for others. And, His response only adds to our blessed condition of being fools for Christ: that we must now spend time praying, planning, fasting, seeking, searching, etc. with as much vigor and intention as we did before we left. We must dig down deeply into Him again and again (and again!) in order to bear fruit upward for His kingdom. Sounds just like God, doesn’t it?
“Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above. For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.” Isaiah 37:31-32