Whenever the above picture shows itself to us in our computer I am reminded of some of the silly happiness we had in Peru. There is a constant joy of discovery when working cross-culturally. There is a happiness in knowing that you are doing something significant that will have eternal significance. I will not say that life was not hard, and we had some struggles living in Curahuasi that are not to be discounted. These struggles were full spectrum being psychological, spiritual, and physical. But there was not a time when there was not a happiness in God underneath it all. When I posted the above picture to Facebook two years ago I had no idea that we would have left Peru for good just a mere two years later. God works in our lives in ways that we cannot imagine. And in trust we say “Take us where you want us to be to live out Ephesians 2:10 which states ‘For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago’.” I am interested in seeing what is next while all the time trusting that we are prepared for the work ahead of us.
We are here for a week learning how to navigate culture better. We enjoy being greeted by Pikes Peak towering over the airport in Colorado Springs.
Hiding hatred makes you a liar;
slandering others makes you a fool. – Proverbs 10:18
I was wondering about this verse. Does this mean that you should tell someone when you hate them? Is it worse to be a liar than to hate someone in secret? And then I understood . . . the point is that you should not hate at all so that there is nothing to hide.
Sometimes it feels like I have done nothing but take classes since arriving back to the US. I am glad this class is in Dallas.
He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do.
This verse gives me peace, because God knows all the conflicts of desire and duty I have in my mind. He knows the good and the bad and he is still on my side. He knows I want to serve him, and he knows that I want to honor others. So if I fail in either, he knows my intentions. That gives both peace and joy!
We got stuck in Bend yesterday. Our 5:40 AM flight was extremely delayed so we decided to split up. Allison would go to Colorado to meet some friends, and I would head back to Dallas. I had my flights changed from United to American and left around 4 in the afternoon and arrived home last night around midnight. Allison sat in the airport all day until they finally cancelled that early morning flight at around 7:30 PM in the evening. Yes, that means she sat from 5 AM until 7:30 PM in the Bend airport waiting to know what would happen. In the end she could not get another flight to Denver, so she will be home to be with us tonight at 12:30 AM in Dallas. I felt like I had abandoned my wife in Oregon when I arrived to Dallas last night and heard the news. We have had some traveling difficulties when flying internationally, and through them we have been trained in patience. Thank you God for that. Still it appears we may need more work in this part of our character after yesterday and today.
We live in a beautiful country, and I am thankful that I am getting to see so much of it recently.
But now we are ready to head home!