Monday, May 28, 2007

A moment of honesty...

I was sitting here tonight, planning and thinking about my upcoming week, contemplating on how this is my last official meeting with my students, how I am going to really miss them, and realizing more and more how hard it is going to be to say goodbye to friends and family. I keep thinking about the weddings I will miss, difficult situations that I wish I could be there for, and students lives that I wish I could see through. It is becoming more real and more apparent that it is going to be difficult.

I am thankful for the hope of Heaven and the reality that there is more to life than just now. How desperate and difficult it must be for those who do not have this same hope, that this life is all we have... I am encouraged by how Abraham must have felt when God said, in Genesis 12:1 "The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you." Jesus himself writes these encouraging words in Matthew 19:29 "And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life." And though we leave our friends and family, we know we can claim the verses of Deut. 31:8 "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."

Though we leave, God will not leave... We bank on these verses and yet are honest with ourselves and you that these are not easy days. Thanks for your prayers...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just took a bunch of time reading through your blogs and seeing pics of the kids, Steve and Stephanie. We are blessed at all you are involved with and doing there in Africa! Thank you for being hands and feet of the Lord, and loving so many. God bless you all. Love, Sue & Scott Springer

P.S. The girls have sure grown! We love their blogs:-)