Hey guys! My name is Hannah Sims, and I am interning at the Connection in Countryside this summer. I have learned so much this summer already, and we still have weeks to go.Never in my life have I seen God work so diligently in anyone’s life,like I have seen Him work in the lives of the people of Countryside these past few weeks. One of the major things I have learned is God may not answer your prayers when you want or how you want BUT GOD… answers them. Yes, No, or Not right now, I have come to the complete understanding this summer that this is how He answers, when HE wants not when WE want. I have seen God answer all three ways this summer.
At the beginning of this summer I made some goals for my spiritual walk with God. My biggest fear was telling someone about God, and saying the wrong thing, or being asked a question that I didn’t know the answer to, or one that I just couldn’t answer. I honestly went into this internship to watch the missionaries in Countryside make disciples and I thought I would just “watch.” BUT GOD… well he had other plans, the first and second weeks of interning I was placed in positions where I was blessed to explain the Gospel to some of the kids! Just last week one of the girls that I have been “hardcore praying for” asked me some questions that I didn’t know the answers to, some questions I had to really think about before I answered. Then, I realized how much I have grown with God this summer, and I had prayed that He would push me in my weak spots, I prayed that God would give me a child that would ask questions, and I did not even realize that I had prayed this until it happened. God answered YES without me even knowing. This young lady eventually asked Jesus into her heart that day, and I got to pray with her!
Nobody likes to hear the word no, well I’m just like everyone else, I don’t like to hear that word either.. BUT GOD… well God doesn’t always say yes, but these past few months I have come to the realization that when God says no, it is for our own good. God told me no a couple of times this summer, even when I didn’t want to hear it. I’m just like every other teenager. Just because I’m a Christian doesn’t mean that I don’t see what all the other teenagers see. I’m still tempted like every other human being, I still hear people talking about things they shouldn’t be talking about and I still hear people say words they shouldn’t say. I have come to the conclusion that some of these people are some of my closest friends, and God has given me them to be my closest and easiest way to disciple. As crazy as it sounds I asked God to just make them stop.. stop cussing, stop talking about people, stop the things that He said not to do. BUT GOD.. well God had a different plan, He didn’t just make them stop but he said No at that very moment to show me that it was my job to help them stop. God told me no so I could do what I am supposed to do as a Christian, which is to tell other people about Him.
NOT RIGHT NOW:
For me personally, I think “not right now,” is the hardest answer to get from God. I used to be the type of person when I asked a question, I wanted to know the answer right then and right there! This is probably the biggest thing I have learned so far this summer, JUST BE PATIENT! Even though this was the biggest thing I have learned, it was definitely the hardest. I have heard many Christians say, “Everything happens on God’s timing.” I’m not going to lie I have said it many times before, BUT GOD.. well HE has shown me this summer that this statement, is so true in so many ways. At the beginning of the summer, I became part of the Teen Girls Ministry at the Connection. In this ministry, our plan was to study Esther, (an AMAZING true story by the way) we had planned to meet every Thursday at 2 o’clock. The first Thursday we had 7 or 8 girls which was awesome, but the next week nobody showed back up, and this pattern continued with nobody there. We prayed for the Teen Girl Ministry, and still nobody came, but up until this week I had no idea that it is just God telling us not right now. I feel like God was telling us not right now, because He knew that I needed that time every Thursday to really understand Him more. The past few Thursday’s when nobody has shown up, I have been able to take that time with no distractions and grow closer to God and to understand Him and why He made me the way I am. He thinks I am PERFECT, just the way I am. This is why God told us not right now, and whenever we have someone to start show up is when He is saying yes, but we know that He just hasn’t said no yet. p.s- any teen girl is welcome to our Teen Girls Ministry at the Connection and we would love to have you!
So this pretty much sums up some of the things I have learned so far this summer, and the ways I have seen God work. I was more than blessed to be asked to intern at the Connection for the summer! I have learned so much and made so many lifelong connections with the kids and even the parents in Countryside. I can’t wait to see what else God has in store for this community! Thank all of you for keeping Countryside in your prayers, I also ask that you would keep me in your prayer also as I look further into what God wants me to do!