Spiritual Practice


Jessica Lowe

When I agreed to become a pastor, I thought I had answered God’s call. Yet, often God calls not once, but again and again.

While in seminary, I sensed God calling me to volunteer in Israel and Palestine. I had no desire to travel internationally, but God kept nudging me to go and serve. I tried to compromise: “OK, I’ll go, but only for two months during the summer.” Yet, the more I researched and prayed about this decision, the more I realized this call wasn’t just for a summer. God was calling me to go there and live—for a year.

This move terrified me, but the call remained clear and strong. As I explored what a year abroad might entail, door after door opened up for me. Before I knew it, I had trained as a Volunteer in Mission and was boarding a plane to Israel.

The year I served as a volunteer with the Methodist Liaison Office pushed me outside my comfort zone in a thousand ways. It also opened my eyes to an entirely different perspective on the world, which has forever shaped my life and my vocation. Traveling around the world to learn about the intersections between Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, I discovered a new passion for interfaith dialogue and ministry.

You will call and I will answer you.
Job 14:15 (NIV)


THINK ABOUT IT: How is God calling you to step outside your comfort zone to do a new thing?

—from devozine (January/February 2020). Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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