As I was notified Sunday that it was my turn to write a blog I was pondering on what to write. Then I started thinking about all the things that have happened between Easter Sunday and Monday, April 28th, 2014.
As many of you might have heard in China some of our dear friends there are having to leave. Their church services on Easter Sunday were ended and they were hauled to the police station where their passports were taken and they were interrogated. That went on for a few days before we heard the final outcome that they have 10 days to leave the country and cannot return for 5 years.
Despite what happened on Easter Sunday, Project China was planning on Wednesday where to have services for that night. It was well with their soul, even if it wasn’t well with their circumstances. They were determined that even though they have been asked to leave they weren’t going to let that deter them from serving the Lord and having services on Wednesday night.
Then, Monday 28th, I heard about a sweet, caring, giving, loving lady that I know that passed away quickly. She left behind her husband and 3 young men. Allison Clapp I can say always thought of others first. She was always there to be a help to whoever needed it. She took joy in that. Whether it was medical help or helping out our missionaries with needs that they had. She was determined she was going to help no matter what. I remember she always helped out with the prizes for the Children’s Crusades at her church. She took joy in making sure the kids had enough and loved to make them happy.
This past Sunday, the 27th, we had a missionary in with his family. They are missionaries to Uganda. As Kristy got up to testify what it was like to live in the village for 3 months with no running water or no electricity and dealing with a daughter that is handicapped. They had a lot of adjusting to do learning how to wash clothes, going to the well to get water, having no refrigerator. and showering with no top over the shower house. She said a phrase that stuck with me, let me share it with you: It is well with my soul, even if it isn’t well with my circumstances.
We always base our emotions on our circumstances. However, we as children of God, despite what our circumstance might be, it should be well with us.
In 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 it says: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
1 Corinthians 15:58, Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Acts 20:24. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
No matter what we are going through, His grace is sufficient for us. When we are weak, we can be strong through Him. He is our strength. A lot of people quit based on their feelings/emotions. Well, think on this: If you quit, what are you going to miss out on?
I am so glad that Jesus Christ didn’t base his feelings on going to the cross for me. If He was just a man, He probably wouldn’t have gone, just like some of us.
I am so glad that through His love, mercy and grace He went, because if He didn’t I would have missed out serving Him and spending eternity with Him.
I would ask that you please continue to pray for the Taube family and the Walz family as they are seeking to where the Lord would have them. Please remember the Clapp family as they go through this difficult time.