Winning the War

It is 6 days until I leave for my mission trip to Honduras.  I have all my supplies stacked neatly in the corner of my room.  Travel-size toiletries, check.  Medicines and shots, check.  Passport, check.  Satan's attacks, check.

Oh yes... Satan.  Boy does he start throwing a tantrum when you set out to do good things for God.  He's consistently showed up in the past, kicking his feet and whining and throwing his toys at me from across the room.  And I will admit, in the past he has won a couple battles, but he will NEVER win the war.

See, this is the thing he doesn't seem to get.  I have God on my side.  God is in my heart, my mind, my soul, my every breath.  You can point out my flaws or throw obstacles in my way and yes, you may succeed at making things a little more difficult.  But you will never stop me from spreading God's love and shining His light.

We mustn't underestimate how much we will be attacked when we are working for God.  Nothing is safe... your feelings, your finances, your family, your friends.  It may seem as if God went on a vaca and forgot all about you.  But in reality, it is quite the opposite.  God is like your coach over in the corner, while you're poised in the middle of the octagon.  (Ok, sorry, random UFC reference, but hey, the analogy works)  He knows how strong you are, He knows your heart and He knows you can defeat anything Satan may try to throw at you.

I have had my share of obstacles come my way in regard to this mission trip, some big and some small.  But God showed up as He always does and not only confirmed for me that He most definitely wants me on this trip and has great things planned for me, but reminded me it is exactly those things that we sometimes think are our weaknesses that are His biggest gifts to us.  They are what makes us who we are and are our greatest tools in spreading the love of God.

So, flawed and all, I am excited about my trip and can't wait to see what God has in store!!  Oh and Satan, watch your mailbox, I'll send you a postcard from Honduras!  :-)