Sunday, November 13, 2011

What title do you give to an aching heart?

What to title this one?  Nothing captures the feeling.  Last night Sam and I went to a Mission's Conference and at the end, a huge globe was placed at the front of the sanctuary.  There was an invitation for people to come place their hand on the part of the world that God has placed on their heart.  I went forward and covered Cameroon with my palm.  I couldn't hear the singing, couldn't focus on the prayer, all I could think  was, "Lord, please get me there.  Just please get me there.  Just get me there, Lord.".  The floodgates of emotion were opened, emotions that God so graciously has let me repress for the last year in order to cope with this overwhelming burden to reach the lost in Cameroon while not being able to BE THERE.

Let's be honest.  You see pictures of the Danforth Christian Academy, of the Danforths enjoying Fall, of Sam at work, of Sawyer's inventions and Elaina's crafts.  You don't see the ache, the sense of urgency that still exists in my heart... in Sam's heart.  Yes, I am fully enjoying every moment in the here and now, a lesson that God took 7 long years to teach me.  But the ache remains.  Cameroon runs in my blood and burdens my heart.  God alone can capture this heart and tame it for his purposes HERE AND NOW.


  1. Oh, bless your heart for the burden God has placed there. God knows the ache and how deep it goes. TRUST HIM. Do what you know is right, be open and wait on the Lord. " with patience the race that is set before us......" Love you and praying for you. Thank you for letting us get a glimpse of your heart.

  2. I am thankful that the Lord has laid such a clear purpose on your hearts, Anna. This burden is a part of that. I thank you for the reminder to be fully present and alive in the here and now. I have that line from your prayer letter last year on my white board in the kitchen to remind me. I pray He encourages you as you wait faithfully on His timing.