“The people walking in darkness have seen a great a light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” – Isaiah 9:2

Chris Probasco recalls Isaiah 9:2 as a theme verse for his call to mission work. When he was a young Christian and became aware that there were people in the world who had never heard the gospel — people literally “walking in darkness” who needed to “see a great light“, Chris’ response was to ask God: “Where do you want to send me?”

Stories like these challenge and humble me. Those of us who have known the Lord for some time tend to take our faith for granted. We might push those dark places of the world into the recesses of our mind. We avoid questions about being sent (or about being uncomfortable in any way.)

God answered Chris by leading he and his wife to the Basque region of Spain — a spiritually dark place. The Probascos were given the opportunity to shine God’s light into that darkness… an adventure they will never regret.

I have to wonder what the world would look like if more Christians were moved by the fact that there are still people walking in darkness. What if more of us asked God: “Where do you want to send me?” And, what if we, too, were willing to go into the dark places…in our neighborhoods or workplaces…across town, or across the globe? We are often afraid to ask God these questions, but we need to remember: There is no safer place to be than in the center of God’s will. His call is always higher, better, and more fulfilling. So, let’s be brave and ask where He might want to send us. Then let’s be willing and eager to take his bright light into the dark places. Let’s live the adventure we were created for. One with no regrets.

Written by Monica Swanson • monicaswanson.com