It’s a small world when you’re in God’s family

It is a small world when you are in God’s family.

Marvel with me: missionaries today can hop a plane and make a trip that would’ve never been accomplished 300 years ago. Only 223 years ago when William Carey (the father of modern missions) left home in 1793 trips like these would take months. And our smartphones (more like Star Trek communicators imagined a mere 50 years ago) work here. How much more should believers be sacrificing to spread the gospel to all nations? Another post for another time.

So yeah, we left our house at 3pm in Atlanta and made it to our missionary outpost (San José apartment) by 11pm.

Our school-assigned ‘Big Brother and Big Sister’ Gordon and Debbie met us and helped us get to the apartment (which is next door to theirs). God seems to work out the littlest details to remind us that He is in control.

Before we left, our daughter Erica and son-in-law Austin came over to the house and helped us with last minute preparations, like getting Elizabeth’s iPod synced up (a task that would have baffled me). Our friend and neighbor Christopher drove us to the airport, then, just to show us that He has us in His sights all the time, God had us arrive ‘early’, go in the ‘wrong’ door and walk right up to Danialle and Drew who were dropping off their son Josh for a trip to Nicaragua.

It is a small world when you are in God’s family.

So why don’t I trust God all the time? It’s a long answer that starts with I (wrongly) think I’m the captain of my own soul! Oh what a wreck I’d be if I were in charge!

Thankfully God calls and equips the weak and broken to do His work.

He showed us His trustworthy plans in little things: like Debbie and Gordon stocking our kitchen, laundry room, bathroom and making our bed before we arrived. Did I mention she made lunch today? And that they took us by bus to Wal-Mart, helped us figure out all the things we need, how stuff works here and then just delivered dinner? Yes, the Lord of Mercy takes care of the weak and broken.

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Then the Creator of the Universe spread out His canvas on the sky and painted this over His mountains.

He reminds me too: hundreds of people pray for us and give generously to help prepare us to invest in an amazing Cuban church planting movement. Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief! Thanks be to God!

Pray for us to trust our creative, all-powerful, all-wise God as we stretch to learn a new language. Love to all…

The Captain’s log: language school date 01032016

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