Good deal! The rest of the Kenya Team is planning to meet at London Heathrow! I just have to get to Miami first but am waiting for a flight from Tampa International. All in all, we’re right on target and are nothing short of excited to be serving with Arise once again. Carl and Jeff surely must have found each other in Nairobi by now or at least be getting close.
Hmmm. OK, now to keep working on my slides for the conference. I’m teaching on a bunch of things including neurological emergencies. Thank you Carl! Well, I can’t complain about having the opportunity to be around great people, a bunch of hard-core servants who really love the Lord, and the chance to do some teaching. Hence, neuroanatomy here I come!
Thank you for your prayers. I’ll be sure to keep you posted. Nothing exciting to mention yet other than a lovely middle-aged woman who had a small meltdown at the ticket counter and yelled so loud that the ticket agent had to call the manager. I just looked at her and smiled. I believe the nature of the conversation revolved around “I absolutely will not pay for this bag after all you’ve put me through.”
Too cute really when you think about how all of us pretty much do the same thing before God when things aren’t going our way. We stomp around on the inside wondering if God isn’t too busy to hear our requests after all. You know what I’m talking about.
I wonder if God really meant it when he said “In everything give thanks.” —1 Thessalonians 5:18
Today’s devotional in Our Daily Bread reads like this:
Details make a difference. Ask the man from Germany who planned to visit his fiancée for Christmas but ended up in snowy Sidney, Montana, instead of sunny Sydney, Australia.
Prepositions in our language seem like insignificant details, but they can make a big difference. The words “in” and “for” are an example.
The apostle Paul wrote, “In everything give thanks” (1 Thess. 5:18). That doesn’t mean we have to be thankful for everything. We need not be thankful for the bad choices someone makes, but we can be thankful in the circumstances because the Lord can use the resulting difficulties for good.
The letter to Philemon illustrates this idea. Paul was imprisoned with Onesimus, a runaway slave. He certainly didn’t have to give thanks for his bad situation. Yet his letter is full of gratitude because he knew that God was using it for good. Onesimus had become something more than a slave; he was now a beloved brother in the Lord (v.16).
Knowing that God can use all things for good is more than enough reason to give thanks in everything. Giving thanks in difficult circumstances is a small detail that makes a big difference. — Julie Ackerman Link
Father, thank You that in every trial, challenge, and difficulty, You are behind the scenes working things out for our good. Help us to see Your hand in everything. Amen.
God has not promised to keep us from life’s storms, but He will keep us through them.
Now, back to the business of flying onward to Miami!
~Gina for Arise Medical Missions (US)