My thoughts meandered through rabbit trails of information and emotions as I considered what I would share in our next post. As I journaled, prayed and processed life, verses from Hebrews chapter twelve repeatedly came to mind, and what began as one post kept developing. We trust, through the next few weeks, you’ll be encouraged to pray for our journey, supported in your journey, and that together we’ll walk with Jesus through challenging times to the throne of God.
1bLet us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the [b]author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1&2 NASV)
We’re so very thankful for the support we have in one another and faithful friends and partners in ministry. We are relying on these relationships through difficult times! The other day I said to Greg, “I feel like we’re walking on water.” He looked at me, confused. Victory and rising above circumstances didn’t fit our present feelings. We both have days where we wonder: How did it come to this? How can we…? Why…? And finally, when will we see the way out? Realizing his dilemma, I immediately responded, “Walking on water isn’t fun! Storms are raging around us. It’s scary, and people are getting hurt. Badly!” Life is hard right now. Generally, we feel uncertain and aren’t sure about the next right step. All we can do is keep focused on God and trust Him to work out the details.
Above water in a stormy sea is not a safe place. Identifying with Peter led us to these verses in Hebrews chapter twelve. Jesus also set His eyes unwaveringly on what lay ahead. God’s plan and His power in terrible circumstances ended at a stable place: the joy of sitting at God’s throne. Jesus’s confidence and trust in God kept Him on course. Jesus’ call to Peter was a call to join Him in what feels like a treacherous walk of faith.
Being a part of ZEMA’s ministries is exciting! However, our foundations are being rattled at the core. There are profoundly painful things happening around us. As reported at the ZEMA Annual Business meeting in March, our USA office needs to make significant changes. The USA board will make some tough decisions on 2 April 2019. Andrew Sisson’s resignation (ZEMA mission director) will take effect by July. Greg has been part of some of the discussions. Additionally, People we minister to and with are wrestling with weighty issues of family, health, and finance. Joy is elusive.
It would be desirable to avoid unpleasant realities right now. However, sometimes things get bad, and they can’t be hidden or avoided and still be honest. We appreciate your prayers. We’re confident that God is in control and walking with us. This is a challenging time and in some ways, devastating. But, we trust that all things happen in His time and that He provides for His work and is accomplishing His plan.
Photos in this series of posts are taken from a gratitude journal Carlene has collected over the years.