I could tell by the look on her face that Taiwan was going to be an experience for her.
Maybe she didn’t realize that she was coming to a city of 3 million. Maybe she hadn’t heard that everyone spoke Chinese.Maybe it hadn’t registered that McDonalds wouldn’t be on every street corner.
Whatever the cause, this rural Mississippi native absorbed this new way of life with wide-eyed awe.
When Ellen answered a student volunteer request to minister alongside a church in Taiwan, Mark and I agreed to host her in our home. A true delight, Ellen took in the sights and sounds of Taipei with the open eyes of a child. Although she had no experience in navigating busy streets and crowded buses, we never had to worry about loosing Ellen. She shadowed nearby, to the point of even slipping her arm through ours if the masses were seemed too thick.
Being lost wasn’t as much of Ellen’s concern as missing out on what lay ahead. With eagerness and willingness, she wanted to immerse herself into each opportunity, even if that meant holding on to whomever could take her there.
Today, as we continue praying for the Father to speak Truth, let’s also ask that He grant hearts the eager desire to seek Him like the one that Ellen had to experience Taiwan.
After all, He has promised to release this desire:
“Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘It will yet be that peoples will come, even the inhabitants of many cities. And the inhabitants of one will go to another saying, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts; I will also go.’
“So many peoples and mighty nations will come to seek the Lord….and to entreat the favor of the Lord…in those days ten men from all the nations will grasp the garment of a Jew saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’” (Zechariah 8:20-23)
“Father, I currently don’t see many who have a true desire to seek You. Yet, You have promised that You will stir up this desire as we pray. Pour out a desire for You upon our neighborhoods, offices, churches and nations. Increase a hunger for Truth within the fabric of our society. And now, even within my very soul, I ask You to fan my own flame to know You more. May it be, O Lord, may it be.”
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