Gideon thought his conversation with God was all about him.

Grey was game, but I was unwilling to commit because I didn’t want to take on the challenge of raising financial support.

We had funded one year of mission work with our own savings, but relying on God to lead people to support us caused me great anxiety.

While Grey stayed steady in his commitment to return to the mission field, I, like Gideon, whined about it and then asked God for a sign.

When the first sign came (I encouraged Grey to look for a job in the United States, but all those career doors closed), I asked for another sign. Check after check finally brought me to the conclusion that God wanted to use us, ordinary people, to do his work overseas.

And not only that, but God also works his plan through truly weak people, like Gideon—or like a man and woman in marriage.

Gideon had good reason to fear an assignment from God to deliver the children of Israel from the oppression of the Midianites.The morning had been beautiful when they started out, but the afternoon turned nasty—in a hurry—catching them too far at sea to beat the incoming storm to shore.The wind-whipped ocean began to work into a frenzy, until he and his sons were battling for their lives. Lightning had also struck his home and the structure quickly erupted into a fireball.Since God established the marriage covenant, he’s not inclined to undermine it by leading a husband and wife in different directions.When my husband Grey and I were ending a one-year overseas mission assignment, the director of the mission agency challenged us to return as career workers.His faith and his clan were weak, and the Israelites were mixing Baal worship with God worship.