Always about this time every year, I begin to get nervous about our upcoming FMSC MobilePack. It’s kind of like planning a wedding — so many details! And if everyone just remembers his role, the “wedding” will be a big success. We have a steering committee, yes, and those people plan, work and delegate. However, there is only so much we can do when we are talking about inspiring 3000 volunteers and collecting over $140,000 needed to complete the task.
We can’t do it.
And that is where nerves and faith have a head-on collision.
The task is big. I woke up several times last night with the Pack on my mind.
Today’s topic in our church service was about FEAR. “When we face our fears with FAITH, God gives us strength and courage. And that strength and courage lend to REST”. Rest. Is waking up at 1 a.m. and again at 3 a.m., thinking about the MobilePack, rest?
I’m not talking about blind faith. Absolutely not. I have history to fall back on. This is our 7th pack with Feed My Starving Children, and has God shown up? Has He been faithful? Did He answer our prayers?
Thousands of volunteers have come to help pack meals in our community for the past six years. We used over 2200 volunteers from our community just last year alone. 2200! Where did they come from? I have no idea. They just kept coming through the door.
And over half a million dollars has been raised by our Meals From Michiana event in the past six years. Wait. What? How is that possible in this little farming community? The only answer is God opened the hearts of His people to give.
God HAS been faithful. The Pack is not about us — and what we can accomplish.
We can’t do it.
But God can!
God has done it! God can do it.
And I am trusting God will do it.
Fear breeds anxiety and unbelief.
I have no reason to fear. It is God’s will to feed the hungry. We can walk boldly forward, and rely on HIM to work in His people. He can urge them to volunteer. He can burden them to give. He has. And He will. Praise the Lord.
Tonight, if I wake up at 3 a.m., I will not worry or fret. I will praise Him for what He is doing and what He will accomplish in September during our FMSC Mobile Pack. I will lift my eyes to the heaven, and give Him thanks.
How about you? What are you afraid of? What fear is waking you up at night? Trust God to work it out. He has been faithful in the past.
He can be trusted for what is to come.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
He will give you REST as you turn your FEAR into FAITH.