I’m home from Africa, and I’m so thankful for the chance to have gone on that trip. I'm thankful to be home, too. Exciting things have been happening as a result of the trip, and I want to tell you about them, but right now my heart is too distracted by heavy burdens.
There are a lot of tough things going on this week- mostly in the lives of loved ones. It seems like every other conversation I’ve had this week has involved a major need. Not just like a lot of people are having bad days, but major things. Friends or family in crisis. Last night, one of my good friends lost her mom. Today another close friend is getting an MRI. Friends are struggling through unemployment. One of my family member’s is waiting on medical test results from earlier this week, while other dear friends are processing a tough diagnosis one of their children received a couple of days ago. A family I love feels like they are under spiritual attack—and I don’t doubt it for a second, as I know how much they impact others by showing real love in Jesus' name. And there are a few more things like this I can think of off the top of my head.
Whether in Africa or the States, there are deep needs. I just feel so reminded that life is fragile and extra aware of the needs and heartache of those around me. I don’t like it. My heart hurts for them, and yet with so many needs at once, God has been reminding me that I’m not the One carrying them, holding them, as much as I may want to be. It’s been a reminder to me of the need for His strength and His care, because mine is not enough to fill them up.
"'Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,' says the LORD, who has compassion on you." -Isaiah 54:10
Junior's words in this Haiti missionary's blog encouraged me today. Hope they encourage you, too!