An Unexpected Journal has developed a lot. If you look at the image above, this is literally where we started from on November 1, 2017. This is a screen capture of the first post I ever put on Facebook about this project. Sure, the general formula was just about the same. It was going to be a quarterly publication when I originally thought about it, but I have had never imagined all the details we have had to work out in the meantime.
I remember I was sitting in a waiting room, and I just put this idea out there. It was a serious proposal, but I really didn’t know how many people would grab onto it and run with it. What developed was a rapid-fire conversation in the comments and a bunch of people who were committed to making this happen.
When we have missions conferences at my church, there is a song that comes up quite a bit. You very well might know the chorus.
Little is much when God is in it!
Labor not for wealth or fame;
There’s a crown, and you can win it,
If you go in Jesus’ name.
That’s kind of how I imagine this project working out. It started out with something small. We didn’t quite know where we were going, and as you can tell, there wasn’t very much detail. However, we set out on the mission anyway. We started heading in a direction, and we persevered. I shared with you how this has been a trying spring for many of our contributors. It certainly has not been an easy road, and there are plenty of times that we could have dealt out and not make this happen.
However, I am convinced that God gave us the strength to make this happen because I think it is going to do something. I don’t know what. It may never be read by just a few people. It may be read by tons of people eventually. I really have no idea what the future holds, but I do know that there is something special about this group of people, and there is something important about what we’re doing. I think we made this happen because there was a divine appointment for it to happen now. At this time, in this place someone had to do this, and that is what we did.
We will find out ultimately what will come to be. All I know is that a little project can be a lot when God is in it. That has been my encouragement throughout this entire time, and based on the feedback I have gotten from my associates, I think their testimony would be the same. Even our small voice in the wilderness of postmodern America is still worth something. It is still worth calling out and declaring the word of the Lord to anyone who’ll listen.