This is a post from contributing writer Jenni, of Live Called:
Most people fear that God is going to call them to a third world country if they surender their life to Him, but I didn’t. I wanted to be a foreign missionary.
I dreamed of traveling to far away places. I studied Spanish and International Studies in college. I participated in mission trips during school breaks. I served as a missionary at a collegiate ministry after graduating. I began the application process to serve in South America. Life seemed to be going just the way I planned.
Then God interrupted.
Each opportunity to serve in South America became a closed door, for one reason or another. I was disappointed, confused and frustrated.
When I wanted to go, God said “Stay”. And so I did.
After working two part-time jobs for almost a year, I began to talk to an old friend. He asked me out and I said yes. While we were dating, I wrestled with God’s will.
Matt did not feel called to full-time ministry or foreign missions, yet I believed God wanted me to marry him. I couldn’t comprehend how this was God’s plan, but I had faith He would work things out. When Matt asked me to marry him, I said yes.
When we had been married a couple months, my husband told me that he thought we should pursue foreign missions. I was astonished and excited. We began talking to a local mission agency and started filling out paperwork. Days before we had planned to submit our official application, I found out I was pregnant. After a lot of discussion and prayer, we felt that we should discontinue the application process.
When we wanted to go, God said “Stay”. And so we did.
Looking back, I can see several blessings that I would have missed had I refused to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
By staying in the States, I married a loving, godly man who actively shares the Truth with others wherever he is. We have been blessed with a beautiful daughter that brings us joy and teaches us to daily seek the Lord for wisdom and strength. I have been able to minister to several women through my blog, my “foreign mission field” for now.
My life is not what I expected, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I know that I am where the Lord wants me to be. And that’s all that really matters. I confidently hold on to the promise of 1 Thessalonians 5:24,
“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”
I am grateful for the assurance that God is faithful to fulfill His perfect plans for my life at the proper time. My life, family and ministry may look different than I expected; but they are “immeasurably more” than all I could ask for or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
I am so glad that I stayed.
Has God ever told you to do the opposite of what you originally planned? I would love to read about your experiences!