The Place that God Prepared

Surroundings – unknown. Setting – unaffected. Sounds – unfamiliar. Situations – unusual.

So how can I already feel like I belong?  Why does this scene seem so familiar and comfortable?

It has to be because God is the one who brought me here.  This wasn’t just some idea I came up with one day because there was nothing better to do in life.  No, all along the way it has been God, my loving Heavenly Father, directing my steps, preparing the way, preparing my heart.

Since returning to Brazil, I have read from Genesis to Judges.  This is one of the verses I underlined, “Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.” Exodus 23:20

Starting in Exodus, God rescues His people from slavery to the Egyptians, and takes them on a long journey, an incredible adventure, a walk of faith.  The story is full of grumbling, hard hearts, doubt, and sin of all kinds.  Yet it also spills over with God’s grace, as He keeps and protects His people, leads them in miraculous ways, and brings them into the good, fruitful place He prepared for them.

You see, God hadn’t chosen the people of Israel because they were a great, numerous, special, lovable people.  No, they became the special people of God because He chose them, when they were few in number, to bring glory to Himself.  He set His love upon them and made them great, and brought them into the Promised Land, better than anything they could have imagined or achieved.  And it was not because they earned it or deserved it, but simply because He is a Promise-Keeping God who never gives up on the people He has redeemed.

Their story is a lot like mine.  Starting years ago, when God saved me from slavery to sin, He has taken me on a long journey, an incredible adventure, a walk of faith.  My heart has been hard so many times, full of grumbling, doubts, and sin.  Yet my story spills over with God’s grace, which has kept me and protected me, led me in miraculous ways, and brought me here, into yet another place that He has prepared for me.  And it isn’t because I was a great, talented, special, lovable person.  No, I became a child of God because He loved me first, and gave His Son, Jesus, to die in my place.  And He chose me out of the world, to be holy, to go and bear fruit, to be a soldier.  And none of this was because I earned or deserved it, but simply because He is a Promise-Keeping God who never gives up on a child He has redeemed.

And by God’s grace, I will live and fight and stand firm in this place, worshipping Him only, and loving these people He has called me to serve.  My prayer is that this will prove to be a good and fruitful land, that much fruit may abound to the praise of His glory: fruit in my life, and in the lives of these people He loves.

 

6 thoughts on “The Place that God Prepared

  1. Marilyn Shivers

    Do not be discouraged…many may had read this and forgot to like it. Love you & praying for you, dear sister in the Lord.

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  2. Brenda Gay Balzano

    Your life is amazing Paulette. God has chosen you to go and teach His people all about Him. You are a brave wonderful young woman. The people in these villages are blessed to have you. There are so many people on this side of the world praying for your success. May Our Wonderful,Gracious Loving Lord continue to bless and keep you safe as you continue to do His work here on earth.

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    1. Sorry it took me so long to reply. Blogging has been on the back burner lately. Thank you so much, Brenda, for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate your encouraging words, and your heart for God. May our loving Heavenly Father continue to bless you as well, and give you opportunities to shine the light of Jesus and share His Word wherever He leads you. All of us who know God have plenty of work to do for Him, wherever we are! May He help us be faithful and obey.

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  3. Gladys Der

    I read your blog and love it. You are serving the Lord there and that is your where your heart is. Your blogs bring us closer to the Lord as we hear how he is working and bring us closer to you. Reminds us to be praying often for you and the people and other missionaries. Please know we love you and are reading your blogs

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    1. Sorry it took me so long to respond to this. Blogging has been on the back burner lately. But thank you very much for always reading and for praying so faithfully. What a blessing that even across the miles, technology helps us stay connected. It fills my heart with wonder and thankfulness to know that the Lord chooses to take something as simple as words formed into paragraphs and typed onto a screen, and uses it in your walk with Him. Thank you for sharing that. And I love how taking the time to share experiences with all of you through writing helps me process and treasure them even more. We serve an awesome God, don’t we?

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