The countdown is on. Within a few days, our British Airways jet will be wingin’ its way over the North Pole and landing in London enroute to Budapest. From there, we’ll travel by van into Romania. Only God knows what’s in store this summer as we once again have the privilege of loving and learning from teens and young adults with seriously compromised immune systems.
I wish you could all meet these young men and women. To call them courageous is an understatement. They face incredible odds, have few or no physical and medical resources, and still they laugh. They also worship in a way that could put most North American believers to shame.
I also wish I could post pictures so you could meet them via the internet, but that would risk confidentiality and potentially cause them undo hardship. And so, I’ll blog when I have internet access and try to describe what we’re doing and learning while being sensitive to my “kids’”situation. Honestly, I can hardly wait to give each one a great big hug!
Please pray for our team as we go. We have four women and three men. We’ll be teaching the Word, enjoying crafts, playing games, and becoming experts at the ministry of “hanging out.” It’s possible that we’ll visit infectious disease hospitals and do some ministry in outlying villages as well, although we haven’t heard those specifics from our career staff yet.
My to-do list is ‘way too long right now! I’m still working on a book proposal that needs to be turned over to my agent before Thursday and doing a gazillion other things, so I’m simply going to leave you to ponder two verses that really encouraged me this morning:
“The LORD is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love, ” and “The LORD is righteous in everything he does; he is filled with kindness” (Psalm 145:8,17).
You know what grabbed me when I read the verses? They share one common word: filled. The visual image is a goodie. Imagine—God is filled with both unfailing love and kindness. If Divine love and kindness were measured by the cup, it would overflow. There’s nothing skimpy about those qualities in His character.
This is the God who adopts us into His family. Can we trust such a One as this with every detail of our lives? Absolutely. Need we fear when we cannot see or understand? Never.
Have a great day, my friend. Know that this God, the One who’s filled with love and kindness, goes with you.