The Bigger Picture
We were thrilled to be able to connect with friends and family in Michigan over the past two weeks! Between our homeschool group, church, and camp friends, we kept very busy. We affectionately called it our “Farewell Tour”, as we aren’t planning to pass that way again for a few years.
And we got to meet my sister’s new babe in Ohio… precious memories that I’m so glad we get to make!
We are now back in Virginia and have put our stabilizers down for a while.
We have been so encouraged by you all and have LOVED having a front row seat to see what God is doing in every little bit of our “Partnership Development” season of life.
I’ve been reading through the “One Year” chronological Bible this year in the NLT. It’s my second time through this particular plan and I really love it. It reads through completely chronologically, which means for the first nine months, I’ve been reading only Old Testament passages. My favorite part of the plan is that I get to read the psalms and prophets intertwined with the historical books that give them their context.
This week, I passed over from the Old Testament to the New.
Truly, the Word of God is living and active, and that is evident in the way it speaks to my heart in different ways in different seasons. It has been so convicting and life-giving to me, especially in the past few years.
I read a familiar story this week in Luke, and it struck me.
After elderly Zechariah and Elizabeth conceive baby John, Elizabeth responds…
“How kind the Lord is!” she exclaimed. “He has taken away my disgrace of having no children.” (Luke 1:25)
And she is right to say that! The more I learn about honor and shame in other cultures, the more I understand Scripture. The Lord did remove shame from her by giving her a son. And He is truly kind!
But, there was also so much more going on than Elizabeth’s honor or motherhood.
That baby would grow up to be John the Baptist, the one who would prepare the way and the people for their Lord. He would preach and baptize and would even die for his devotion to the message he was sent to proclaim.
Elizabeth’s life was changed and blessed by God, and so would be the nations.
In a way, I feel like Elizabeth. We see the ways that God is working in our lives and in the lives of our partners who sacrificially give and faithfully pray as our teammates in ministry. We’ve seen so many prayers answered for our family. So many things outside of our control have prepared us for this journey. The people that God has placed in our lives are incredible! Yes, how kind the Lord is!
But there is also something global and eternal in the works here - an eternal weight of glory that we can’t even imagine. And we get to be a part of it!
One day, when we can see the whole picture, we’ll look back and see that God was indeed faithful to us in each season, but He was also working through us in a million ways that we couldn't even see at the time. And He is working through you too!
Thank you all so much for your friendship, your prayers, and the ways you encourage us. What a joy!
Our most pressing prayer needs right now are the swift arrival of official documents. We’re waiting for our kids’ and Jack’s passports to come in the mail. Once we get those, we will be able to apply for a visa, which includes a visit to the French consulate. We have lots of appointments lined up for the next few months to prepare us physically to leave.