The day before the start of my people’s most spiritual time of the year, I woke up in pain. Reaching out to them while cringing in pain everyday was challenging, but my heart was motivated by the testimony of many I know who serve in harder places with debilitating pain on a regular basis. Every day now is marked with progress, and I am grateful to the Great Physician who has guided this journey to restored health and given me amazing, overflowing JOY in the process.
Sweet moments of sharing:
*First, during the final celebration marking the end of their spiritual emphasis, God gave me some gentle answers that quieted my friend’s normally adversarial family members.
*Second, He allowed me to serve my friend and family in a comforting physical manner – an act that I hope spoke volumes through our language barriers.
*Third, Father has blessed with more good conversations with another friend; and although, she adamantly declared the other day, “I will never believe Jesus and God are One!”, I am confident that the Father is pursuing her.
*Finally, God is bringing two dreams into reality – ways I may minister to my people and have more time with them.
“In [JC’s work on my behalf] you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of JC; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salv of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:6-9