(May 5, 2015)
Not long after we shared with Audrey and Simon that God was calling our family to go to Africa, Audrey had a couple of weeks in which she was nervous and scared. Simon is such a good brother to all of his sisters, and he tried to comfort her by telling her that he “was going to go to Africa with her, that she wouldn’t go alone.” As we prayed with and for her about her nerves, we came across a book that we began to read together: It Will be Okay by Lysa Terkeurst. The precious story is about a seed that is quite comfortable in his seed packet in a nice, dry, and warm shed. He even has a little fox friend who lives in the shed, and they have lots of fun together. One day though, the Farmer comes along, takes the seed, and plants it while explaining that even though things will be different and might seem scary, it will be okay, and the seed can trust him. The seed didn’t quite understand how this was going to be good for him, but he wanted to trust the Farmer, so even when he felt lonely or scared in this new place that he was unfamiliar with, he continued to remind himself and trusted in knowing that the Farmer was good, the Farmer was kind, and the Farmer was always watching over him. As the story progresses, the seed begins to grow into a beautiful, tall, strong tree. The fox spends lots of time playing around the tree and enjoying its shade, and together the fox and seed (now, a tree) continued to grow in their understanding that the Farmer is good, kind, and always watching over them. They learned that the Farmer’s plan for them was a wonderful one.
As our family is in the beginning stages of moving into full-time missions, we are not always sure of all of the details of God’s big picture and plan, but we are continually reminded that He is good, He is kind, and He is always watching over us. This is reinforced each time we see another puzzle piece of this journey we are on being pieced together. It is incredibly encouraging and confirming as we see how God is providing. Below are just a few examples.
-Ryan’s job giving him time off for the month of August so that we can go to Uganda
-A missionary family in Mbale who will be on furlough and need someone to housesit while we are there
-A cousin who is a missionary in Uganda not far from the airport we will be traveling through, so we will have the opportunity to see her either while we are coming in or out of the country in August…and the comfort of having another family member as a missionary in Uganda!
-How He is using our friends and family’s gifts, talents, and passions to help us along the way (brother-in-law helping design a t-shirt as a fundraiser, dad and a friend from church who loves to cook helping with a fundraising meal, aunt who is willing to help with a fundraiser through her business)
-So many family members and friends who are offering encouragement as well as Biblical advice and support
Through the times in which we feel overwhelmed by our to-do lists, nervous about what things will look like for our family throughout the next year, etc., we can look back at the countless ways in which God is continuing to show us He is good, kind, watching over us, and that His plan is a wonderful one.
Genesis 28:15, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go.”
2 Corinthians 10:5, “We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Psalm 18:1-2, “I love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in which I take refuge, my shelf and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”