How God Used My “Yes”
I got back Monday night from a 5-day trip to California. I booked my flight out to California two weeks before leaving after a friend invited me to attend a conference at Bethel Church, the same church Colby and I visited when we went on our recent California trip.
When my friend called to ask if I wanted to go, I hesitated. It felt last-minute and the airline prices were extreme. If you know anything about Colby and I, when we travel we rarely spend that much money because of all the tricks we use. But to miss this opportunity? I knew that if I said no, I would later regret not going.
What we didn’t realize when we booked our flight was that just a day later the city that Bethel church is in, Redding, would soon be up in flames. The Carr fire caused mass destruction in the Redding area, destroying over 1,000 homes and is still burning today. So when the fires came, my friend decided not to attend and then I was really left in a pickle as she was the one covering the accommodations and car rental.
So now what? I went back and forth and back and forth again. Nothing was budgeted for this trip to begin with so it was already a big leap of faith to buy the plane ticket. But now I had to find a place to stay and a car rental in a city that was already full of evacuees also who had no place to stay or live.
Despite the situation and the financial burden it would bring, I was determined to go, even if that meant going all by myself, since I had no one to travel with and did not know one person who was attending the conference. By Sunday, just 4 days before departure, I decided I would do whatever it took to get there as I wasn’t going to allow a bunch of inconveniences hold me back and I certainly wasn’t going to let money hold me back either. So I found a place to stay and booked my car rental. I knew in that moment that if I said no, God couldn’t do anything for me, but if I said “yes?” Well, wow! He sure did something with my “yes!”
Can I just tell you how glad I am I said “yes” to going on this trip? Every part of it was amazing and I could go on and on for weeks about that, but can I share one highlight? One highlight that God did with my “yes?” One highlight that absolutely would not have happened had I stayed home?
On Thursday night Kris Vallotton personally invited me to join him in a live facebook video. You might be thinking, “what’s the big deal?” Well, Kris Vallotton is the co-founder of Bethel and an apostolic leader who has helped bring worldwide revival. There is absolutely NO reason that I should have gotten to meet him, let alone be invited to do a facebook video in front of his audience of 350,000.
Wow! Do you see what God did there? God can’t do anything when we limit him and keep him in a box. But when we step out in faith, even when the circumstances are difficult and it’s inconvenient? He rewards us tremendously. I’m reminded of a quote I shared yesterday by Dan McCollam that said, “Never wait for the resources to go. Establish the vision and the provision will come.” The vision was established and I’m so glad I didn’t wait for the resources to go because sure enough, the provision came. And I have no doubt, it will continue to come.
This isn’t the first time I have said “yes” even when it didn’t feel comfortable. I have previously shared about the power of saying “yes” here. And you know what every time I say “yes” Father continues to blow me away. I know there are some people with a poverty mindset might assume that the opportunity I had to be with such an influential world leader would be the only one. But I’m going to think with an abundant mindset and expect that the opportunity I received was one of just many more to come. I’m going to believe that as I continue to take risks and say “yes,” the rewards will come too, even greater than the gift of getting to meet with Kris.
What is holding you back from saying “yes?” It might mean you spend more than you budgeted for. It might mean doing something all by yourself. It might mean you will be super inconvenienced. It might mean a sacrifice of your time. But you know what? God can’t do anything with your “no’s.” But with your “yes?” He will do abundantly more than you can ask or imagine. He will surprise you. He will unlock opportunities you didn’t even know were a possibility. It’s time to start saying “yes” and expect that God will use your “yes” in big ways to further his Kingdom!
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