Rise.


It hit me hard, that Easter morning. We had gathered in a large school auditorium to celebrate our resurrected King. As I lifted my voice and my hands, I heard someone whisper. It was a sweet voice, singing a joyful song. Internally, it grew stronger with every external beat of the drum.

“Alive, alive, my Jesus is alive, alive forevermore,”

she sang, merry and happy and free. It was one of my translators — one of my friends. I set her voice on repeat, and it brought me back to a place up in the mountains — the Andes of Peru.

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I wanted to go back. I wanted to run “home.”

I prayed as the faces of my Peruvian friends flowed in and out of my conscious thought. I prayed for them and for my return, because being patient doesn’t come easily to this growing girl.

I am excited about God’s plans for this summer; I really am. But I want to go to Peru after this next trip. The doors seem locked and the way seems shut. But I pray anyway, because I’m stubborn and passionate and crazy like that.

Crazy like that.

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I posted this ^ collage on Instagram that Easter evening, knowing no one really cared and not caring that they didn’t know — didn’t understand. The caption I typed said, “…Because I just missed Peru today. Like crazy.” It was crazy; why would my sweet translator’s voice sing to me while we thanked God? It was crazy because it had been a crazy day; how could Peru be on my mind? It was crazy because I couldn’t explain it myself.

I’ve learned that my calling follows me everywhere. It is the bootstrap by which I pull myself up everyday. It is the purpose for which I work every week. It is my joy in serving my King.

Therefore, I’ll go back — someday. Someday, someday, someday I’ll kiss all those precious Peruvian cheeks again. But not until it is time — not until I am ready, perhaps. Lord knows when that will be or how long it could take. But in the meantime I’ll sing with a heart of gratitude — thanking God everyday for saving and calling and remaking me. Hearing that sweet voice rise with mine, I will sing:

Alive, alive, my Jesus is alive, alive forevermore.”

So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. 2 Thessalonians 1:11 NLT

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