So many people told us this journey would be a bit of a roller coaster ride. Some thrilling "up" days and some seriously sad and frustrating "low" points. We would experience elation and fear.
This is not like most roller coasters. Yeah, we feel up and down and everything in between. But I LOVE roller coasters. They are always fun. I whoop and holler and laugh the whole time. They never scare me or make me sick. Unless we are talking about Tower of Terror. Last time I rode that one I staggered off it, barged through a door marked "Cast Members Only" (I used to be one, so cut me some slack here), and tossed my breakfast into a recycling bin (again, if you are willing to be loose with the definition of "recycling"...).
But I digress...
God promised to meet our needs. And our most pressing and important need is in learning to trust Him. That lesson has many facets and can take a lot of different forms. In the past week those lessons came hard and fast. There were gut checks and prayers, a learning to look only inward to the condition of our own hearts, confession, confusion, adoration, the rooting and weeding out of "prosperity gospel," letting go of control, and another giant faith leap. And through it all, knowing that when God is in control the end result will always be much better than if we try to manipulate things. Within moments of catching our breath from all that "studying," God dropped the gift bomb.
In under 24 hours our monthly support went from 46% to 71%.
I debated quite awhile on whether or not to post this, for quite a few reasons that I will spare explaining. In the end it came down to the knowledge that we need to give praise where it's due. So if God does something totally crazy we need to shout about it.
Can you hear us shouting? All the way (virtually) from Topeka, Kansas? I mean, we totally broke the speed limit crossing most of Illinois and all of Missouri. Bethany, I am so sorry we didn't have time to stop in St. Louis. It was all a lovely blur.
That photo at the top? That's us on a little bitty roller coaster at LegoLand. It doesn't look like much from the ground, but the main drop is a real doozy. It is short, but steep and fast and takes you by surprise. We all knew where that camera was located, having staked it out and planned to make funny faces at it. Then we plunged from the top and all but one of us lost our nerve and forgot the plan. The result was a better photo though.
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