A Christmas letter from a friend. The reminder to release control, or the illusion of it. Impeccable timing, but then His timing always is. It’s funny how our little world gets so cozy sometimes. How we have enough and more than enough and then maybe we don’t really need our savior quite as much; so it seems. Sometimes those most carefully laid plans don’t make the cut. Sometimes obedience looks… frightening. Today anxious things creep in. We were supposed to have two exchange students, but they changed their dates. Now there are none. This was our fall back plan while we sorted out what it would take to make this ministry self-sustaining.
9 days. At the outset. That’s how many days God has to show up. I say that with a smirk, because obviously His timeline is not ours. But from where I stand, that’s when our rent is due; that’s what keeps this ministry running and ready to reach more desperately needing people.
This isn’t new territory for us. Feels like we’re just getting our toes wet. Here we stand yet again, choosing to dive into something that may not look wise by the world’s standards…
1 Corinthians 3:18-20 “Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”a; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”b
As I was reading this in context earlier after searching out the reference from the faint whispers of our years of learning flexibility and trust, I was reminded of yet another aspect… I spoke before about this being our torch to carry forward. We didn’t begin this and we have no glory in it, this has since the beginning been a story of God’s calling for this home and this ministry and we’re the second in an anticipated longer line of builders privileged with this task.
10-15 “By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.”
So what are we building with? That’s our reflective questioning tonight. It’s freeing to know that our responsibility is what we do with what we are given. May our work be shown to be of value, not through our own strength, but His as we relinquish control.
If you pray, please pray with us as we nightly walk this home, covering its purpose and protection in Jesus’ name. Pray for the right renters to find us, and be hungry to be here with us(we are hoping for perhaps a married student couple or two single students interested in room sharing). Pray for financial covering as the first house payment and utilities become due the 1st of this year. And pray for our family, that we would be aware and ready, that we would be equipped with what we need to run this ministry, while providing for and discipling our beautiful little family who remain always our first calling.
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In closing we would love the opportunity to pray for you and yours. Send us questions and prayer requests @ email@example.com