Peace and a Donut: Saturday, June 18, 2016
I should have known. I should have been better prepared. Being on the mission field doesn’t automatically give you protection from the attacks of the enemy. I have trusted God. I have followed God’s will. I have come to a different country to serve God. In doing this work for God I should have known that it would make me an even bigger target for satan. The devil goes after those that are on fire, those that are shining too bright. So I must be doing something right for God here. Because if I wasn’t furthering the Kingdom of God in some way then why would satan even bother me? There must be some work going on here that satan is trying to derail. But he won’t be successful.
It’s far too easy to get caught up in the past. In what I used to do. In who I used to be. But then I remember that I am not who I was. Nothing can hold me back from God’s gracious love. Then I am reminded that I’ve never been forsaken. I’ve never had to stand one test alone. And as I look at all the victories God has won in my life I feel His spirit in me and know that it’s through the fires that my weakness is made strong. He never promised that the cross would not be heavy and the hills would not be hard to climb. He never offered a victory without a fight, but He said help would always come in time. Just remember when you’re standing in the valley of decision and the adversary says to give in. Just hold on. God will show up and He will bring you through the fire again, and again.
If you’ve never heard the song, “Through The Fire” I recommend listening to it.
Someone recently told me that they have been praying for my time here. However they surprised me when they said that they weren’t praying I would have an easy trip, but that I would face struggles and be able to find sustenance in God’s omnipotent strength. That really hit me hard. I hadn’t thought of it that way I guess, but that’s what I’m doing here. I am learning to rely on God no matter what the circumstances may be. No matter what comes my way I need to trust God and find peace and strength in Him. When my family and friends are far away. When most people here don’t speak English. When I am confused more often than not. When I am 100% out of my comfort zone. God is here. God is with me. God is in my heart, guiding me, comforting me, giving me strength, and giving me peace every step of the way.
This morning they had the Theological Education Class here. So I made a fruit pizza for them. They loved it again! My family was sending me pictures of them all eating Krispy Kreme donuts without me. So Serena and I walked to the bakery next to Los Pinos to get me a donut too. I thought it was an extremely sweet idea (haha didn’t catch my pun right away). We also stopped by a shoe store where I found the cutest pair of brown high heels. They were actually cheaper than dress shoes typically in the U.S. so win.