God really spoke to me today through our pastor’s sermon. Many people would be really excited to move to Central Europe and don’t get me wrong, there is going to be lots of things that will be really wonderful if the Lord enables us to get there. However, the bottom line is that I am a warm weather kind of gal. I’ve only lived in warm climates: Phoenix, AZ; Orlando, FL; and Ghana, West Africa. I love the warm weather. I love seeing the sun a lot and the bottom line is that where we may end up one day, will be quite a bit different climate wise. I realize that there will be lots of differences, but for me, for some reason, the climate is a big deal. Frankly, my heart is having a difficult time with this fact, so much so, that I am not helping my husband as much as I have in the past with support raising. In fact, just this week, I told my husband some really not so nice things because of this change. But….today in church….from the pulpit, the Lord called me out on what is going on in my heart. There were two words that the pastor used that really rang true for me: trust and obey. He talked about following God even when it gets hard, following God even when the going gets tough, following God where He has called and enduring through the trials. I held back the tears as he preached, because I just didn’t feel like letting it out there.
Then, tonight at the dinner table, JR read from “Streams in the Desert for Kids.” This really is a great devotional book for kids. The title for today was “Follow On” The Scripture was Jeremiah 10:23, “I know, Oh Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for a man to direct his steps.” The theme was “Living a Christian life means following Jesus wherever He leads. It means doing whatever He asks us to do. It means choosing to go His way rather than our own. Sometimes we are concerned that what God is asking us to do is too difficult, but God answers that when we get to heaven it will all be worthwhile. When we walk with God, go His way and do as He asks, we cannot lose.” Sometimes that may be easy, sometimes that may be hard.
“Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.”