Nobody likes to think that they can’t finish a job they started. As missionaries write about trying to get the job of reaching the unreached in their generation done it becomes obvious that there’s this sort of contradiction. Their life stories make it hard to comprehend the job getting done.
Michael Fournier in Africa refers to his new job assignment as a roller coaster and speeding down the tracks. Have you ever been on a roller coaster or fast train and accomplished anything besides hanging on for dear life so as not to fall and get hurt?
Lindsey Burrows writes all about her desire to be a part of this job and the bazillions of things that she needs to accomplish to finally arrive at her place of service but sends along a picture that says, “Waiting … waiting … waiting ...”
As he is translating the Bible into the language of the Guarijio, Terry Reed refers to his last translation check as a marathon. And if they are busy running a marathon aren’t they just concentrating more on staying hydrated, breathing well, and getting to the end?
How does God expect to get this job of reaching the unreached done through people who are trying to hold on, get to the end, while they are waiting?
Michael even refers to himself as a baby that is so dependent only being able scream in order to be fed and changed.