Monday, April 22, 2013

New Chapter in the Story

Just before we left a few days ago I was sitting on the floor in my empty house, amazed and overwhelmed at God’s continuing provision for us. Just before we left, we sold the last of our furniture. Our bedroom furniture has been for sale for a month and finally, someone came to pick it up. He just bought a house and was buying furniture to fill it. I also delivered our washer and dryer to a couple who just moved here and needed a set. God’s timing is always perfect. I was just impatient. These were the people that needed what we had. The house still hasn’t sold, but in light of what we experienced last week, we know that God’s timing is perfect.
We said a lot of goodbyes in the last few days, as well. Our church prayed over us on Sunday morning and we had a staff farewell lunch a few days after. In our almost 12 years of marriage, we have been in Lawton, OK for almost ten of them. This had become home. We’ve served at Dayspring Community Church for most of those ten years, too. They have become family. Those are the things that are hardest to leave behind. Yet, those things aren’t over, either. As we go to Haiti, we are still a part of Dayspring, partnered in ministry to a different capacity than before, but still working together. During the ten years there, we grew in our relationship with God and with each other, we were discipled and mentored, and seasoned for ministry.
What’s neat is that Dayspring’s legacy goes with us to Haiti. That mentorship will be passed on wherever we go, and the heart of the church. Our God is bigger than physical space and limitations. His intent was always for us to grow and expand. We don’t dwell on the negative side of leaving – we focus on the opportunity, excitement, and potential before us. And we pray that God is glorified through it all. A new chapter is being written in our lives… and it’s a cliffhanger. We can’t wait to see how it turns out!

1 comment:

  1. Our time with you was even shorter than that and abbreviated even more by our frequent trips away…however, you all (not “even” your kids but “especially your kids”!) have made a HUGE impact on our lives and we will be following your ministry with joy and love!