Patience, faith needed to hear God’s calling

By Mya Hudgins, Contributing Writer  (Courtesy photo/Mya Hudgins)

Growing up, children often daydream about what they want to do when they “grow up.” Some kids wanted to be doctors, teachers or even the President of United States.

My dream seemed to always be a bit different from the others around me. My first goal was an astronaut and then a veterinarian. In third grade, we had to do this craft where we made this paper person and dressed them up in clothes that represented what we wanted to be in the future.

At this point in life, my dream was to be a garbage woman. I saw the position as highly respected and everyone seemed to like them. Perhaps the main reason I wanted this job so badly was so I could ride on the back of the truck. I wouldn’t have to buckle up or worry about getting in and out of the car. I kept that dream alive for a long time; unfortunately, I never realized that particular goal. As you grow older you start to learn about other occupations, and this new information changes how you see the world and your place in it.

At the age of 11, I found my true calling half way across the world during my first mission trip. We went to Peru for a week, and I worked in the orphanages with a local pastor. This mission trip changed my life in ways I didn’t quite understand at the time.

As an eleven-year-old, it was really hard to wrap my brain around all these people who had nothing and lived in shacks with dirt floors and one bed. These orphans had no one to love on them, and I just couldn’t understand why no one cared about them. Leaving the country and its people broke my heart; I wanted to stay and help, but I had to return to my own life and responsibilities. Once I got back home, I decided that I wanted to go on another mission trip that summer.

I signed up with an organization called Awestar, and I went to Panama for fourteen days. We stayed in the city for some of the time and traveled to more rural places occasionally. At one point, we took a canoe ride out to the jungle for a couple of days, and it was there, I heard something I have never heard so clearly before in my life.

I heard the Lord tell me that I would devote the rest of my life to mission work. This was such a huge commitment and calling that the magnitude of it frightened me; I didn’t know what pursuing mission work would involve or how it would manifest in my life in other areas.

From that point on my passion was serving and helping others, and I knew that would have a profound impact on me—and require my dedication and perseverance.

Fast forward eight years, and the Lord has continued to show His blessings as he has called me all over the place. That passion for helping others brought me to my major in college.

I am working on completing a degree in news and information, or journalism. Before being accepted to OBU, I wasn’t sure how I would apply my calling to my education. I just knew I wanted to tell stories and I wanted to serve. Those two goals work together rather well, and I am learning to make documentaries. My goal is to travel abroad, telling stories of different tribal groups, cultures or people groups and use media as a platform to share the Gospel. These documentaries or short videos would record the needs of different cultures, both physically and spiritually—this information would then be used by different churches in America so they could see where a need is and how their aid is applied.

So far, just taking photos or video has opened doors for me. One of the best ways to get into a closed country or a certain tribe is to bring a camera along—taking those photos show these people they are important, their stories are worth being heard and they are loved by people who may have never met them. The camera symbolizes the connection we all have to one another, and my commitment to them in particular.

Often times I would bring out the camera to take one picture and all of a sudden, I would be taking photos of everyone in the area. Seeing that always brings joy to my heart, and I know it’s the calling the Lord has placed on my heart.

I know I am lucky to have heard God’s voice so clearly, to know my calling early on and have my commitment confirmed over and over again. I know many pray for discernment and wisdom, and they try many paths listening for that clear Voice.

Maybe you’ve changed your major a couple of times, are still seeking a focus or maybe even you’ve decided on a major but don’t really know how you are going to use it. Don’t let that journey discourage you. Don’t be overcome with the worry and uncertainty. The Lord has a plan for your life; you may not know what it is yet, but when you remain faithful to His timing, He will reveal it.

We live in a world that offers instant communication, immediate news and worldwide access. We want things quickly, and we want resolution instantly. However, we have to learn to be patient and trust that Christ will take care of our needs and wants in His timing.

We have to learn to let go of our need for complete control. Craig Groescel, founder and senior pastor of Life Church, once said something that really resonated with me.

“Stop trying so hard and just trust more,” he said.

I think this is a statement everyone should live by, or at least try to. When you trust Christ, He won’t lead you astray—if your intent and heart is rooted in Him, the details will work themselves out.

Matthew 6:25-27 also advises us to trust in His vision and not waste time worrying.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life; what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life worth more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

Verses 33 and 34 then tell us where we can place our focus instead of worrying.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Obviously, we all need to make plans and prepare for the future as much as we can, but we should not feel panicked if we don’t see the entire picture just yet. He sees it, and He knows it will be revealed to you when it needs to be.

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