Enlarge Your Tent

by Peggy Cunningham @Inca_Writer

Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your cords. Isaiah 54:2 NIV

Are you comfortable with change? I cringe at the very word, but change is a continual reality for me each year I serve Him. I should know by now that when God says, “Enlarge the place of your tent,” He is giving me a new opportunity in Kingdom-building.

My experience with (literal) tents is limited to one camping trip many years ago. A member of our Sunday School class had an enormous army tent and offered it to the group. We always had a great time together. But regardless of the sweet fellowship we enjoyed, this fateful trip would prove there was not one drop of missionary blood running through in my veins––zilch.

After our group spent hours assembling the humongous beast, we placed our cots in family sections, then gathered around the bonfire for hot dogs and marshmallows. We ended the evening with a time of prayer and praise. Toasty and sleepy, we bedded down for the night.

The night sounds of crickets and a nearby hoot owl quickly lulled me to sleep. Then a shrill scream pierced the night.  Everyone sat up straight, suddenly wide awake. I’m embarrassed to tell you: the screaming was mine. “There’s a snake over there in the corner,” I gasped.

The campers leaped from their beds and flashlights beamed everywhere in the tent. The snake could not be found. One man finally asked, “How could you have seen a snake in the dark, anyway?” I didn’t. I had been dreaming–of snakes! (In my defense, it was so very real!)

A few years later God called us to the mission field. To my dismay, my snake dream was nothing compared to the real snakes I would encounter in Bolivia, like a coral snake in my kitchen that I almost stepped on in my bare feet! God stretched our tent all the way to Bolivia and over the years continued to enlarge our ministry many times over.

Now today, He is stretching me again, this time through Worthy Words Press, printing books in Spanish for underprivileged kids. And once again I am being pulled out of my comfort zone. So why not stay where I am? I have more than enough avenues of outreach.

But then I remind myself: what if I had never ventured from the first tent experience to what God had planned for us? Oh, the blessings I would have missed with the opportunities He has given me!

Do you find yourself resisting a new stretch? Most of us like to stay in the comfort zone. But outside it waits extraordinary things we never dreamed we could do with Him by our side. When we stretch our tents, we learn to depend on Him and relax in what He plans to do through us, knowing He will get the glory.

I know God will use Worthy Words Press to draw many children to Himself. Enlarging my tent may be a bit scary, but it is so exciting to watch Him at work through that process. Let’s not ever hold back. Go ahead, lengthen and strengthen those cords. And watch God get the glory.

Enlarge Your Tent: Learning to Embrace Change – Peggy Cunningham, @Inca_Writer, on @AriseDailyDevo (Click to Tweet)

Peggy CunninghamAbout the author: Peggy Cunningham and her husband, Chuck have been missionaries in Bolivia, South America, since 1981. Peggy is also an author. Her heart for children led the way to write the picture book series Really Rare Rabbits: Books 1-3. If you’re looking for children’s books for Easter, these adorable rabbits tell the story of Jesus to children in a unique and entertaining way. Books are available on Amazon. Find out more about Peggy at her website: www.PeggyCunningham.com

Peggy’s picture book series, Really Rare Rabbits: Books 1-3.* Guarding the Inca Treasure Fires (The Really Rare Rabbits Series Book 1) by [Cunningham, Peggy]tell the story of Jesus to children in a unique and entertaining way. Chi Chi and his sister Fi Fi are young rabbits who live on a mountain in Bolivia, where their ancestors once protected a treasure of gold. One day they hear of a new Light on the mountain that never burns out. They decide to venture down the mountain to peer in the missionaries’ windows. That is when their dangerous adventure begins.

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