You may remember one of my favorite quotes from Watchman Nee ~
"Our prayers lay the track down on which God's power can come. Like a mighty locomotive, His power is irresistible, but it cannot reach us without rails."
Isn't that an awesome visual?! I love thinking of a huge, mighty locomotive filled to overflowing with God's power and blessing...and how my part is to pray and "lay down the tracks".
It breaks my heart to think of a powerful Steam Engine, filled with Divine blessings and miracles, waiting patiently in the station, desiring to have rails on which to run.
Two years ago I first asked others to "pray down some tracks" while I worked on writing my "Red Hot" Bible Study. I could totally sense the prayers!! Some days I could barely write fast enough to keep up with the "down load" I was receiving.
After the first Red Hot Retreat, I knew God was up to something significant!
Would you believe today I'm heading with the Day of Discovery video crew to film this study in Turkey??
As you know, this journey has not been without opposition!
Can I get an Amen?!
Although I do have my voice back (thank You, God!) - this past weekend I was back at the Med Center. I'm loaded up with a new batch of antibiotics and feel good thanks to a big steroid shot (in my bottom, no less. Youch!).
And after sitting in God's waiting room, not knowing what He was up to - He has opened the door once again. Woo Hoo!
And so today, as I prepare to head to Turkey, could I please ask you to "pray down some tracks"? I am so out of my comfort zone, and desperately need a fresh measure of God's power, presence and peace!
Here's a brief summary of what we'll be doing...
Monday & Tuesday (3/19, 3/20) - travel; arrive in Istanbul
Wed 3/21 - fly from Istanbul to Denizli; filming on site in Ancient Laodicea
Thursday 3/22 - filming in Laodicea
Friday 3/23 - filming in Hierapolis and Laodicea, fly to Istanbul
Saturday & Sunday 3/24 & 3/25 - filming in Istanbul
Monday 3/26 - travel home
I'd be so extremely humbled if you'd pray for things like the amazing Day of Discovery crew, my health, peace, recall as I seek to remember 8 teaching sessions (yikes!), good weather, that I wouldn't make the team take 60 "takes", my family while I'm away (John came down with a sore throat yesterday. ugh), technical stuff would go smoothly, divine appointments, that God's Spirit would come upon me in a powerful way (and that it would be obvious that it is God working in and through me)...
....and most importantly, that God would use this project to transform lives for His purpose and glory alone!
If you'd like to see pics while we are away, be sure to check out the Day of Discovery facebook page. The crew does a great job of sending updates (and urgent prayer requests!) as well as posting pictures during their shoot. (Check them out here).
Lastly, I hope as I share about this opportunity that it encourages YOU to step out into whatever God is asking YOU to do. You have to know that I am the least likely candidate for this amazing, God-sized task. May this story, His story, increase your faith and remind you that nothing is impossible with God!
Lord, we're asking You to show up and show off! For Your Glory Alone!!
Thanks for stopping by *She Sparkles*! Have an amazing, Truth-filled, life-giving week!!
P.S. My son Jake loaded up my iPod with a new batch of worship music for the trip. Here's what I've been singing all day....
P.P.S. Thanks again, sweet April, for sending this in the mail. What a perfect token of encouragement. You bless me!