By a worker in Africa
Have you seen the movie Oceans 11? Remember how Danny Ocean and his team tricked Terry Benedict by creating a duplicate of the Bellagio casino vault and rewired the security cameras to only see the copy? The security crew saw a calm and still vault and had no idea that behind the false scene there was a lot of action going on—Ocean’s team was actually stealing all the casino’s money.
Lately I’ve learned that understanding that movie scene is crucial in missions work. Several months ago I had a difficult conversation with one of the girls we minister to. She has attended our activities for years but during this conversation she told me that she didn’t believe any of the things we taught about Jesus. Even her tone was harsh and a bit hostile.
Troubled and discouraged I shared about the conversation with my leaders. In turn, they shared their insight using the Oceans 11 movie scene. Often Satan tries to veil our eyes with a false camera, making us think that nothing is going on, nothing is happening. We only see with our physical eyes and not our spiritual eyes. We get discouraged, especially after years of investing into people’s lives. However, what we need to remember is that behind the phony lens, there is action going on—God is working, moving, touching people’s hearts. Our prayers don’t fall on deaf ears. God does hear our prayers and answers according to His perfect timing. I was reminded to not get discouraged and see things merely with my physical eyes, but to have faith and trust in the One who does “not wish for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).