Short-Term Missions: Between rock & hard place!

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Welcome to day 6 of
30Days-30Pics: Defining Short-Term Missions.

Do you find yourself in what appears to be, or feels like, an impossible situation?
Don’t give in to that feeling. There’s hope!

Between a Rock and a Hard Place


I’d arrived toward the end of the day. The ticket counter was no longer open but the grounds of Fontainebleau Castle remained accessible. I wandered through the impressive front courtyard, up the split, curving stairway and through the passageway beneath. That’s when I saw it. Near the base of a statue, as the last few rays of daylight cast a warm glow, a dandelion was blooming despite the fact that there wasn’t an ounce of growing medium to be seen.

What you consider a difficult situation will differ from my definition. Context makes a difference, as do our talents, abilities, fears and inabilities. I might consider this or that activity a challenge where you’d breeze through it with ease.

Imagine… you’re half-way through a 10 day trip overseas. You’re ministering, making new friends and your walk with God is growing by leaps and bounds. Then in happens…

You get bad news from home, you’ve had a lousy night’s sleep and you snap a the room-mate that you’re supposed to spend the next 4 days with, because of that annoying little habit that you’ve put up with for the first 6 days. The van ride, indeed the rest of the day, is very uncomfortable and all of a sudden ministry tastes different.

Or perhaps you’re half way through a 12-month assignment. News from home makes you long to be there and your time on the field is not as productive as you’d hoped or expected. You don’t feel like you’re accomplishing anything of value and home looks better all the time.

You’re at a crossroads of impossibility… or at least what feels like an impossibility. How can you possibly flourish in those circumstances? How is this God’s will? This sure isn’t the ideal picture you’d had in mind when you signed up.

What do you do?

I’ve been in a few impossible situations in my life. I think back a few years, to a 6-8 month period where I was flailing in a storm-tossed sea during a rough church situation where I was too close to the center to not be affected. I wanted to run on several occasions. It would’ve been far easier to “grow”. There was little, if any, good soil and no earthly gardener to tend to and water me. I was between a rock and a hard place.

Somehow the seed of the dandelion, in today’s photo, found a crack or a crevice beneath the statue. There was just enough space and just enough water for it to sprout. It sent down a root and eventually flowered.

If you’ll hold on to a mustard seed of faith in your hard place; allow the word of God to be rich soil in which for that seed to grow and allow the Lord’s Spirit to water it, you CAN grow and blossom. It’s a matter of faith, not flesh.

Difficult times will come.
Don’t give in … dig in!

God bless you as you dig in while on Short-Term Missions.


The apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.  And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
Luke 17:5-6



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