Sep 28, 2005

Trusting For Direction

STRESS!!!!! I thought we were going to move to Alabama, but I was apparently WRONG! We have been praying about it- we were sure that was our call for a while- and after some serious prayer we began to feel that God was not leading us there. As soon as we began talking about it to each other, we received calls from a few people who have been praying with us and for us about our future. They all felt ill-at-ease with our planned move after praying about it. I called my close friend, and former pastor "Chip" and he told me he did not think we belonged in Alabama.

So what do we do now?! We are still selling our house, we have no doubts about that. We need to figure out where to go next. Should we go to Tampa, Orlando, Arizona, Georgia, Canada (not really Rand!) or maybe even begin our work in Brazil NOW?! We do not yet know, but we are praying for God's direction. He does know as evidenced by Psalm 139:
O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, "“Surely the darkness shall fall on me,"
Even the night shall be light about me;
Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother'’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You. (PSALM 139.1-8 NKJV)

Whatever, we do, we will trust in Jesus. He alone is faithful and true (Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. Revelation 19.11 NKJV) and we will seek to go where He leads!
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3.5-6 KJV)

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