A Conference Revelation: God is at Work

by Trillia Newbell

A week ago today I was getting ready for the beginning of The Gospel Coalition’s Women’s conference. We were about to listen to John Piper and Tim and Kathy Keller give their pre-conference talks. I was excited to hear from them. As the weekend continued I had the opportunity to meet many women from all over who shared one goal—to taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8).

These women were from all over the globe, from Canada to Australia and the Middle East. Many were a part of ministries, led ministries or supported ministries and churches. In a world that is filled with hurt and pain, I can’t tell you how comforting it was to hear about the many ways God is at work in the world.

I often feel so helpless. I hear about the millions of orphans that are in the world and the fact that America is a hub for sex-trafficking and I can become depressed. I feel a heaviness and wonder what I can do. The burden to help is so strong but the limitations, my limitations, are so great.

But last weekend I was reassured that God is working. There are men and women, young and old, who are working hard for Jesus! This work isn’t a work for their salvation as if they could earn favor apart from the mercy and grace of God (Ephesians 2:8); rather it is work grounded in an understanding that the harvest is plentiful.

So, today as I sit in my small sphere of influence in East Tennessee, namely with my children and neighbors, I’m filled with hope in God. I can’t go to the Middle East, but I can pray for Dave and the lovely Gloria Furman; I’m not able to work in every city but I can pray for Operation Inasmuch; I’m not called to an island put I can pray for Thabiti and his gracious wife Kristie Anyabwile as they serve the Cayman Islands.

All of a sudden I don’t feel quite as limited. I can pray! God is doing the work and providing the workers. I’m thankful for the clear vision to pray for those who are in the field working for the Lord.

“And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Luke 10:2 ESV).


What about you? Do you ever feel a helplessness by the many stories of need? Do you think God hears your prayers and is eager to answer them for his glory?
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