Thursday, April 29, 2010

Change in Plans

It is with a heavy heart that Aaron and I report to our family and friends that we will not be working with Ric and Jane Taylor in Kenya. Many issues became apparent to all of us as we drew closer to physically initiating this work that made it clear God was moving us in different directions. We are grateful for the time that God gave us with Ric and Jane and, without a doubt, we have grown closer to Christ as a result. Please do continue to pray for God to use them in Kenya to expand His kingdom and bring glory to His name.

So, the question that looms large for us: what now? Well, we don't have a definitive answer yet, but we know that God has called us to serve Him on the international mission field. Our home sold in three weeks which is a miraculous event in and of itself (we closed on the place two days before it was decided to not move forward with Kenya). We are unemcumbered and ready and willing to go anywhere and do anything that He wills. We are already praying over possiblities in places like Uganda, Malawi, South Africa, Australia, and many other locations. Please join us in praying that God's perfect will for our family will be done. We know He will show us what to do when the time comes; please pray that we will be found faithful.

In closing, I wanted to share from Oswald Chamber's devotion (My Utmost for His Highest) for April 29th:

Title: The graciousness of uncertainty
Base scripture: 1 John 3:2

Naturally, we are inclined to be so mathematical and calculating that we look upon uncertainity as a bad thing. We imagine that we have to reach some end, but that is not the nature of spiritual life. The nature of spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainity, consequently we do not make our nests anywhere. Common sense says---'Well, supposing I were in that condition ....' We cannot suppose ourselves in any condition we have never been in.

Certainity is the mark of the commonsense life: gracious uncertainity is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we do not know what a day may bring forth. This is generally said with a sigh of sadness; it should be rather an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. Immediately we abandon to God, and do the duty that lies nearest, He packs our life with surprises all the time. When we become advocates of a creed, something dies; we do not believe God, we only believe our belief about Him. Jesus said "Except ye....become as little children." Spiritual life is the life of a child. We are not uncertain of God, but uncertain of what He is going to do next. If we are only certain in our beliefs, we get dignified and severe and have the ban of finality about our views; but when we are rightly related to God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainity and expectancy.

"Believe also in Me," said Jesus, not ---'Believe certain things about Me.' Leave the whole thing to Him, it is gloriously uncertain how He will come in, but He will come. Remain loyal to Him.

Please continue to pray for our family as we continue on the path that God has laid out in front of us. We only look to Him for the answers.