Our first Sunday in India came at a perfect time for me. We had been there for five days at that point and had visited almost all of the programs where we would be volunteering. With the sweet faces of these children in mind, I found myself trying to figure out what it was that I would be contributing to them while on this trip (this, in addition to overcoming the shock of this new and beautiful culture I would be living in for the next month). With only a few weeks, I wanted to do as much as a could to make a difference. Needless to say, I had a lot on my mind.
We arrived at our first Sunday church service and I witnessed God’s perfect, with a capital P, timing. With all these new emotions and thoughts, I sat down in the second row in front of the worship band and preacher. The songs were a mix of Hindi and English, the English songs being ones I knew from the states, so I instantly felt at home and was eager to hear whatever God had to say. And boy, did He speak.
The sermon was solely focused on God using anyone, no matter their weaknesses or
their believed limitations. The preacher introduced the story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, a story I had heard many times before. Being the King’s first appearance here, many would have thought that He would ride in on a strong stallion. But as always, He had a better plan. He chose a donkey. He gave the donkey a purpose, and with Jesus on his back, that donkey was steered down the most important path of his life. When the donkey (us) let Jesus take over, he received the greatest purpose one could ask for. All he had to do was submit to Him - and it can be the same for us.
I knew that God was saying that my time of service in India wasn’t even about me and my contribution, but about Him and what He was going to do through me and in me. Armed with this truth, I could be at peace, expectantly watching how God would use me and our team during our time in Goa.
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of this world to shame the strong.”
1 Corinthians 1:27
-C., US staff, Goa intern