Those of you that have a few years under your belt will remember when internet first came out and we used a ‘dial-up’ connection. It was noisy and very slow. Now, with modern technology, we have DSL and fiber optic internet connections. Why do I bring this up? Let me explain.
Fifteen years ago when I was relatively new in my faith journey, I felt God was very slow in communicating with me. Like a ‘dial-up’ connection, it seemed slow and not very clear to me what He wanted. Now, as I journey on in my faith, surrendering daily, the speed of His communication to me is sometimes unnerving. Sometimes it is to the point that seconds after I make a decision, I hear God correcting me or reminding me of His faithfulness. I have had a few instances recently that God has reminded me that he is God (and knows all), and I am not! Fortunately I am wise enough to willfully respond immediately to His direction. What a joy to actually know and feel that He has my back. We all read that He does. We all have heard of examples where he has done this for someone else, but…..when it happens to us personally…WOW! I will repeat myself over and over again saying the New Testament is alive and relavant in todays’ world. All we have to do is be obedient. All we have to do is read our Bibles and pray for the wisdom that will guide us through our daily lives.
I am in the plane on my way back to Panama as I write, reflecting on my month long vacation in the states with my friends and family. It was a month of overeating. The scale doesn’t lie…15 pounds in one month. Somehow it doesn’t feel very good knowing about the place I am going. A place where kids only eat in the school if they win the daily food lottery and recieve a ticket to eat. A place where many families only eat one meal per day. This being said, I am VERY thankful for the many conversations that went on during the eat-fest. I really enjoy telling everyone about how God has been working in my life in Panama. When I get the chance to preach, I do so from the heart. I am very passionate at times with the subject of my sermons. Sometimes I don’t know how to vocalize what I am experiencing. The words don’t appear to do the topic justice. I feel so blessed to be able to share my experiences and God sightings. God is so present at times. I love to remind the congregations that the Bible is alive and well TODAY! We need to read and heed it.
I am extra excited that one of the other churches (Emmanual’s Luthern Church) that I had the opportunity to preach at, has two mission teams coming to Panama in 2014. This is fantastic! Just another example of how the World Mission effort has grown in the last 3 years. Some other friends also told me that they have a warehouse of donations that I can choose from to take to Panama, just need to find a way to get them there. God is sure up to something bigger that I ever dreamed of. I feel like a little kid on CHRISTmas eve that cannot wait to see what he will get on CHRISTmas day. Only, for me, it is the excited anticipation of what God will have me do next. Bring it on! I’m ready. AND, if I am not ready, I know God will prepare me for what lies ahead. Recently heard someone say that ” God doesn’t always call the equipped, He equips the called.” Knowing and believing that statement will bring you peace.
Be sure to check out my latest vacation and after pictures.
What lies ahead on my to-do list? Well, redesign a roof and add a rainwater collection system on it; build a cinder block structure to hold a 660 gallon water tank, show some movies in the Comarca, and treat some families to a few CHRISTmas gifts. Ho Ho Ho!
Joyfully Serving Him,