We are so thankful for how you have supported us in prayer during our time in Ethiopia. We are thankful for how many of you express your continued prayer support.
When we left, I let you know that we were feeling God’s direction to explore the possibility of working as missionaries in Ethiopia. So, now that were back, I should have a nice clean answer for you, right?
I have been debating on how to word this and have decided that gut-level honesty is the best. I am not good at pretending for long.
For the months that we have been praying, praying and praying about this, I was able to hold things pretty relaxed. Not that I didn’t have my moments of panic and many moments of fear and feeling overwhelmed, but overall, I could let it play out. In my thoughts, this trip was going to answer all our questions and give us a clear and concrete plan on moving forward. Jon is going to be done with his job shortly, etc.
Well. We had our questions answered but for each question answered, at least two more were raised. I can start feeling discouraged, frustrated and even panicky that God has not operated on my timetable. However, this lasts only for a few minutes as I reflect on how God confirmed Himself to us in so many ways while we were in Ethiopia, ways in which I wasn’t even asking.
So, here we are, loads of questions but still knowing we should be moving forward and in this direction. It’s good, in-the-I-am-scared-but-praying-everyday-for-increased-faith kind of way.
I was recently reminded of the faith of Abraham and his testimony has strengthened us. “Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you…so Abram went…Genesis 12:1-4
As we contemplate our own “far country”, we rejoice in knowing that we serve the God of Abraham. He has been faithful and we trust He will continue to be.