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Do I Give Up?

“You can’t give up!” Has anyone ever told you that? Well they are wrong. You can give up. That is one of your options. So why am I telling you this? Am I promoting quitting? You will have to read my story to find out.

I was 12 years old when God gave me a dream: Move to Russia and share his love. Ten years later, I found myself finally going to Russia for the first time. I was so excited!

The first week was almost a blur. I mean, after all these years I was finally in Russia! But after the excitement that being surrounded by everything Russia brought, I felt like someone had slammed me into a wall. Either that or punched me in the stomach. Take your pick. Everything suddenly became so hard. Where was the joy and excitement of being obedient to God’s will? My dream had come true, so where was the happily ever after that was supposed to follow fulfilled dreams?

In my disappointment, the Lord met me and gave me hope. He spoke to me out of 2 Kings 6:15-17.

15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.

16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Elisha was a man obedient to what the Lord called him to. Yet, not only did he face difficulties, there was an entire army out to kill him! They sought his death because of his obedience to the Lord. He didn’t give up though, and because of this, he saw the Lord’s deliverance. I decided I wouldn’t give up either.

If you asked me about Russia today, I could go on and on about how wonderful it is. Yes, I would tell you my time was hard, but that isn’t the main thing I walked away with after the three short weeks I spent there. My heart has been captured by the God who is calling me to go. And you know what? I want to follow.

Giving up robs you of your future. Perseverance may be difficult in the moment of trial, but it is the gateway to the future the Lord has for you. I could have come back from Russia and decided I didn’t want to pursue God’s plan for my life and move to Russia. That was an option. But what would I have missed out on? I guess I will keep persevering in obedience and find out!

What about you? You can give up, but will you? What’s your story and how will it turn out?

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