March 7, 2011

Why now?

For many years, missions was a "later" plan of ours (after the kids ________; fill in the blank).  Many times it was easy to mix up the desire to want the best of our kids with the desire to want God's best for them.  Oftentimes our "ideal" is limited by our own past experiences and wishes for the future.  The reality is we don't really know what is "ideal" - especially from God's perspective - for our lives or our children's lives.

On a separate issue, dealing with long-term health issues brought about a resignation on my (Chris) part to ever be able to consider overseas ministry in the future.  But, the God we serve is bigger than our own plans, hopes or dreams.  As is stated so well in Isaiah 55:9, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."

God worked in and through us to bring us to a place that we surrendered everything - our family, our things, our plans, our lives - to do whatever it is He would have us do whenever He would choose to use us.  We waited... we prayed... we seeked... and the Lord showed us where we could now join Him in His work in Lyon. 

Now, we are blessed, humbled and excited to serve!

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