Thursday, January 12, 2006

Ambitions/Desires

It's been a while since I last posted and I just wanted to drop in an update to let you know I'm still alive! :)

Things were a bit busy over Christmas and since then, I've been doing a lot of soul searching and working on a ministry idea which I want to try to complete before I do, whatever it is I do next.

Your prayers are appreciated. :)

What I thought I'd do now is just post a few things that my soul searching has turned up. I think really digging down deep into our own hearts and seeing what we desire, trying to uncover the things God has placed within us, something we all need to do from time to time. The truth is there have been many times over the last year or so that I really haven't felt like myself - don't ask me who it is I was feeling like, I have no idea. It's just things I've said or done and I I've wondered "Who on earth was that?"

Well, if you ask God for help and being to dig, things start to turn up. I thought I'd share a few of the things I've uncovered, maybe you can find some inspiration in it.

The desires of Galant Koh:

Travel - I love to travel. Airports, trains, boats, they all get me excited, and I love to see the wonders and variety in God's creation. I can't believe God would create me with this inbred desire for travel and then have me sit at home in the same town for the rest of my life. I've always desired adventure and purpose over comforts and possessions. I don't care if I never have any great possessions or a nice house. I want to experience the world, but more than that, I want to experience and see God in and at work in the world. To not only know His truths from reading but to see those truths have effect, to see them come to reality in the lives men and women and children all over the globe. To enjoy that great mystery of the body of Christ united in Spirit over and above myriad differences.

I want to see God touching people's lives, and if possible in His will, I would love to see Him do it through me. To have a part in working with God to create His new eternity? That's amazing to me. I want to see the rise and perfection of His Bride. To see the Church come together in unity of purpose and mind - in love. I desire to be with God and sit on His shoulder as He makes His plans unfold and the works out His purposes for this generation in preparation for what comes next, and His ultimate goal of salvation and the new Kingdom. God take me all over, use me as you will, and let me see your hand at work!

Japan - this is a bit specific but Japan has been on my heart for quite a while now and I want to see if God has something there. Much about the country enchants me if God has it that I should be blessed to go and minister and make a difference there I'd be honoured and excited. www.jp.omf.org Read some of those 'Opportunities' and the other stories available.

Missions - Community - When asking myself, a la Eldridge, what makes me come alive, I found that my answer is, the thought of being able to be within a Christian community hungry for the word and the kingdom of God and minister to the needs of the people. To know them, to be with them, to rejoice with them and work with them, to rejoice in and celebrate the word of God with them - teaching them, encouraging them, working through problems and seeing what God is doing with them, helping that come about. Just being with them at a point in their life where I am of service and help, and then moving on in God's time to do the same with another group. I was talking with a friend not too long ago who said something that really sparked me, she said, "You'd do so well in third world countries, you'd have so much to offer and teach them." Now, the call of God aside for a moment, the thought of being with a group of Christians who didn't have much but who were appreciative of what they did have and who hungered after the word of God and His kingdom - that excites me. I get tired of people in the rich west who leave their Bibles up on their shelves, who get bored by Bible studies and who don't like to pray. Paul seemed to experience much joy at being with the Philippian churches, working with them and celebrating their God. There truly is a joy to being with God's people, oh that more of us would catch it.


Long distance hikes - Pennine Way, E2, whatever, wherever. I love the hills. I grew up in hill-country and when I'm not able to just get out by myself, or even with a few friends, and walk or run in the hills I miss it. Long-distance hill-walking isn't something I've tried yet, but I want to. Being away from a place really starts to show you what you valued and gives you greater appreciation for it. If I return to England it's my desire to complete the Pennine Way, preferably in one two week trek, and to enjoy all the beauty of God's earth, the company of a good friend, and the voice of the Holy Spirit in the wind. The solitude and beauty are wonderful.

If I manage that and I love it as much as I expect, well, I think I'll try to make it a regular desire. I came across some multinational European walks that some group or other is putting together. They're categorising them as E1, E2, E3 etc. and E2 sounds like a good one. From the very top of Norway down through Denmark, Sweden, Germany (Black Forest!), Switzerland, and then through Italy all the way to Sicily. Might have to break that one up but it would be wonderful. Robust walking is perhaps the best form of exercise known to Man, and when you can unite it with time alone and the beauty of God's Earth - oh it's wonderful!

Crew a sailing voyage... By the stars - Oh yes, now this is something I'd like to do, even just once. For a long time I've been fascinated with the age of sail and how sailors of days gone by accomplished such amazing voyages guided only by the stars. My goodness God does a good job when He creates a universe. What's a tiny satellite when you consider that the roaming planets and stars all conspire to give guidance to Man as he journeys? Those grand celestial spheres aren't about to have a computer chip malfunction or burn up on re-entry. :) To be able to be part of a crew on a tall ship, sailing on some voyage, to see the stars as never before, and to be able to learn how to navigate and see it in action, that's one thing I would love to do.

Oh, and this one for free - celestial navigation requires what? Charts, a sextant, a compass and regular clear views of the skies. Let me put that another way now - it requires written truths which will not falter, something that joins Earth with the heavens, a presence which accurately gives guidance, and regular time spent with the heavens and the Sun. ;)

Alright, well, God bless and let me take this opportunity to say if you're sat around, bumming around right now and don't know what to do or what you're about. Take this opportunity to seek God's help and dig deep. There are so many opportunities out there, but more than that, what God can do with you if you surrender to Him is endless. It's not about opportunity, it's about God's will, but I guarantee that if you surrender yours to Him, He'll make more of it than you expect, and satisfied you will be....check out one of my first blogs - Grey Skies.

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