We are so thankful for all the many blessings God has given us and the many ways He provides. Often for us, His provision looks like strength and wisdom to face the challenges of everyday life. We are learning more and more what it looks like to obey God, even when sometimes what He asks of us doesn’t make sense from our standpoint.
Some days this looks like going to a friend’s house for dinner, who is making us a special dish, even though our stomachs are protesting eating anything (and the food doesn’t come until after our kids’ bedtime). Sometimes it looks like inviting the little girls to come in to play, even though we were just sitting down for dinner. Or maybe it looks like trying to figure out if we should go on a four-hour trip with a friend the next morning after being asked at 9 o’clock at night. And some days it is getting a phone call from another foreign worker who isn’t being allowed to exit the country because of a new law that all foreigners need to navigate but are just finding out about! Obedience looks so different every day. We feel like this life that we live is constantly throwing us curve balls, loops, or sometimes broken roads because of a massive rainstorm. But, we are so thankful that we don’t have to know ahead of time, or figure out on our own, which way to turn, which road to take, or even the amount of vehicle changing that the road will demand. We praise God for being with us each step of the way, for leading us and us giving what we need when we need it…not a moment too soon, or a moment too late. He is such a good God!
We have had a good and busy last few months. It has been a good time in our village and living life with those around us. We feel more and more part of this community and are so thankful that they continue to think of us as part of their family! Just a few weeks ago we were going to take a picture of our kids with the landlord’s mother (they call her grandma and she calls them grandkids), and before the picture she went and rounded up the rest of her grandkids to have them all in the same picture. For us, it was a special moment and showed us just how much she cared to have all of the children she calls grandkids in one picture with her. God continues to work here, and we are trusting and obeying in the small steps that we get to take daily to bring the Good News of Jesus!
M. and K. L.