Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Doing Things Backwards?

I was just pondering how God has been working in our lives, especially recently. God has often worked on our behalves in unexpected ways. Usually, missionaries raise funds and get their plane tickets before any of their household goods arrive in country and also before finding a place to live in said country. Doesn't this sound 'normal?' It does to me ...

Well, God has definitely not been moving in a 'normal' routine for us as we embark on His new call to send us to Uganda. First, we began fundraising about a year ago. Then, our household goods were loaded into a container bound for Uganda without our having any knowledge of when 'we' would arrive there. That was in December 2009. Needed to send it then because we were sharing the container with fellow missionaries who needed to send it then. Next, we rented a house to live in for ministry (actually just in time for the container to be unloaded directly into it) in Uganda this March.

Now? We are still in the states. Our belongings are in our newly rented house in Jinja, Uganda. So it might 'look' like this is backwards. But! We know our God and He is in control of all things. We are ecstatic to know that airline tickets are in the works for us to leave this coming May 19th, bound for Uganda. And ... we are bouncing with joy and praise for our heavenly Father because we understand that He knows best. And we continue to trust Him and His ways, providing us with each step ahead. His creativity sometimes tests our patience when He answers in ways we do not expect. But I must admit, He sure keeps the journey interesting! Praise Him for His ways, the best way!!!

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9