In the same way a farmer tends his fields, we too need to tend to what God has put before us and to do it faithfully. There will be times when it appears as if nothing is happening but, with faithfulness, harvest will come.
Psalm 37:3 “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.”
Job 1:22 “Then Job stood up…he fell to the ground and worshipped.”
The story of Job has always been a big question mark to me. In the past, the story itself was intimidating for there was no way in my human mind to reconcile the pain that Job endured. Not only did he endure it, he did so “without sin.” (See Job 1:22 and Job 2:10)
Coming to the end of a year, especially a year like 2020, has required us all to have courage. We’ve not had a choice, really, except to be courageous in the face of the twists and turns that this year has brought to us.
There are less than 3 months left in 2020. I’ve heard many say they can’t wait for 2020 to end; it’s been a hard year for many of us. While it has been a long year, we can ask God to help us find the diamonds in the middle of the dirt.
As we trust God for the best that is yet to come, it’s important to remember what John Wesley said “God does nothing, except in answer to prayer.” We have found this to be true. We invite you to labor with us in prayer and see what God will do!
The cities of this world need us more than ever as answers to the pandemic don’t seem to be forthcoming. As we have started to see here in Bujumbura, the finest hour for the church worldwide could very well be now.
Not everything feels good. Not everything looks good. But God works in everything, even the things that don’t feel or look good. He’s working in us, teaching us, guiding us and helping prepare us for days that lie ahead of us.
While we maneuver through the strange currents that life is throwing our way, like the fishermen of Lake Tanganyika, we must pay close attention to our “canoes” that carry us, our faith, and remain anchored so as not to drift into the unknown. Stay close, stay strong, our faith is sure and will keep us from the dangers of the drift.
Heb. 2:1 “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”
On February 12th we took off once again for the long journey to the USA. While our flights, besides a 24-hour delay and some turbulence, were uneventful, our quick trip Stateside for our son Stephen’s wedding was amazing. All three of our older children are now married to great God-fearing spouses; we are blessed and grateful! We returned home last Wednesday the 4th of March, feeling the familiar sting of leaving our families behind.