Thanks for stopping and taking a few minutes to read my latest blog post – this one written by my friend Vicki Simpson.
I met Vicki over 18 years ago when she was billeted to stay in our home, just after she started her travelling ministry and ministered at our church in Geelong. We hit it off straight away and I’ve been so blessed to call her my friend all these years. I’ve watched her Walk The Walk and Talk The Talk. And man, can she talk!
Vicki describes herself as an “Aussie-Italian hybrid, on-fire, road warrior travelling preacher chick”. She and her hubby Damien live in Sydney Australia and Vicki is part of the ministry team at C3 Oxford Falls. She has been travelling and sharing the love of Jesus for 20 years. Vicki is currently writing her first e-book called “The Camels Are Coming” so it’s exciting that we get a sneak peak of what the book might be all about.
I’d love you to check out her blog and consider subscribing – she’s got lots to say and I personally love hearing her ‘voice’ and reading each post. I’m sure you’ll be blessed by Vicki as much as I have been over the years.
So without further ado…here’s Vicki!
I see camels.
Honestly, I do see camels and I see them heading your way!
Before you think I’m on drugs, let me explain.
I see camels with my spiritual eye and I see them delivering the fulfillment of God’s promise to you.
Isaac “lifted his eyes and looked, and there the camels were coming.” (Genesis 24:63)
Those camels were carrying Rebekah, the future Mrs Isaac, and they were only coming because someone had sent them out in the first place…Isaac’s father, Abraham.
Abraham had a promise from God that his descendants would be more numerous than the stars in the sky or the sand on the seashore.
I find that promise beautiful and poetic. However, Abraham wasn’t content with poetry. He wanted to see his promise materialize. It was looking like it would never happen, (Isaac was 40 and dateless), so Abraham did something.
He sent out camels!
Abraham sent out camels to collect Isaac’s bride…a bride he hadn’t seen and had no proof even existed.
This is pre-internet folks. Abraham couldn’t post an update on Facebook … “Wife required – All Applicants Considered”.
All he had was God’s word on it. So, he acted like it was true.
Abraham’s faith took the form of 10 camels (oh, and a dowry thrown in for good measure).
I can relate. I was in my early 40’s and single. I had been on-fire for God since I was 19 and a full-time, preacher chick since I was 30.
God had promised and confirmed, over and over, that He had a husband for me. I had prayed and prayed that my life partner would show up until I was blue in the face.
After a number of disappointments I had put up “the closed for business” sign on my heart when I was in my mid-thirties.
I figured if God wanted me married, He would have to do it. Bring that man to me and put a ring on it. No risk and no rejection.
I went on serving the Lord and…nothing changed.
Many of us are so afraid of works of the flesh that we don’t do works of faith.
One day, the penny dropped! I needed to send out some camels!
What did my camels look like?
Here are a just a few of many:
1. “Lose weight” camel – to look hot in that wedding dress
2. “Grow hair” camel – so I could wear a tiara on the big day.
3. “Talk to single guys again” camel – and don’t treat them like aliens from
4. “Buy resource on marriage” camel
5. “Stop confessing all the good ones are taken” camel.
I sent out camels and less than a year later, my camels returned carrying a tall, dark and handsome architect named Damien!
We will be celebrating our 7th anniversary in just a few weeks time.
This is not some strange, camel doctrine I’m peddling. Neither is it a formula for single people but it is a revelation that changed my life.
If your dream has stalled, is it time to send out a few camels? I do see them coming, but someone needs to send them out first.