For many years the Holy Spirit would speak this verse to me. It happened so often that I began to wonder if the Lord was calling me to be a missionary on an island somewhere. This started in my late teens and lasted over a decade.
“Hear the word of the LORD, you nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: ‘He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.’” Jeremiah 31:10
When I was in Bible college my degree was in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Counseling, and close second & third in credits were Missions & Pastoral. I had no doubt I was called to full time ministry – yet nothing fit at the time. My parents thought I was crazy declining three pastoral positions directly out of college but I couldn’t say yes yet. Even way back then there was a mold the Lord was not wanting me to fit. And quite honestly my path since would appear to be ‘all over the map’. You’ve heard me say before, I live assignment lead. Jesus simply asked his disciples to follow Him. They didn’t have a laid out trajectory of where His leading would take them – they just obeyed, learned from Him, and became transformed along the way.
To the best I’ve known how I have set my heart to follow the Holy Spirit.
Maybe your map looks similar to mine with the dots spread out far and wide. And though I don’t claim that all my endeavors have been perfect I know the Lord is the great Redeemer. I believe many have longed to be planted but you have also been pinoneering and living assignment lead. I believe this next season many will find ‘home’. You probably have life long friendships and connections but with the continual movement it’s difficult in the solitary day to day. I see a picture of the earth underground and all the places and systems planted have roots that are now reaching out to each other and connecting across the earth. I see the roots reaching and twining together as if they are ‘holding hands’. You will grow deep and experience the community you have longed for.
I was looking at my website and the statistics show me the daily visitors from various countries. I released a prophetic word for July recently and it was published on another platform yesterday. When I started releasing the words publicly the Lord would have me scribe a year and a half ago I had no idea the reach they were going to have. I just obeyed. I literally ‘heard the word of the Lord’ and through modern advancements of broadcasting, email and media it is ‘proclaimed in the nations and distant coastlands’.
Yesterday and this morning I’ve had visitors reading the prophetic word from United States, South Africa, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, Indonesia, Philippines, Figi, Germany, Ireland, Trinidad & Tobago, Singapore, Cameroon, France, Jamaica, Netherlands, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Japan, India, Switzerland, Uganda, Mexico, Ghana, and Ecuador.
I am intentionally being specific to say never underestimate “how” the Lord will fulfill His Word to you, just know that He “will”. “Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.”
Jeremiah 1:12 AMPC
Don’t look at the map with your natural eye, simply obey, trust the word of the Lord and believe He is gathering His Body together and their roots are growing deep.