Resting in God Alone

“God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.” – St. Augustine

As hard as I might try to keep knocking things off the list, my list of things to do before I leave continues to grow. Paper work, doctors appointments, trips, things to buy and pack, spending time with family and friends and continuing to fundraise.  The amount of things to do gets a bit overwhelming at times.

Yet, as I sit here, on the porch of my parents house in the country, I watch the turkeys, deer, chipmunks, birds, rabbits and the glorious sunrise. I pause for a moment in the stillness and beauty of the morning.  I remember that God makes the earth turn and move causing our days.  I remember that He already knows what is written in each day that I have here on this earth before they happen. I am brought into rest as I remember who He is – my loving and caring Father.

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As I have thought about it, this rest isn’t the absence of storms, but God’s entering into the chaos and bringing peace. Paul talks about how we are promised to have trials in this life. It’s not an “if” but a “when.” Yet, we can still experience God’s peace as we allow Him to enter into where we are and place our trust fully into Him alone.

As we move our gaze from the chaos to our Abba Father and meditate on Him and His promises – He becomes bigger and our chaos shrinks away in the presence of His perfect peace.

“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.” Psalm 62:5-8

I’m reminded of something my pastor, Scott Sauls, says often: “For every believer, the worst-case future scenario is resurrection and everlasting life in Jesus.” Praise Jesus.

Right now, as I am not just overwhelmed with the checklist, the goodbyes, and the craziness of moving overseas… I am also overwhelmed with the excitement, joy, and beauty of being sent out to further our Lord’s Kingdom! Yet, in both scenarios I can choose to invite Jesus in and be blown away at His grandness and the peace He brings into every situation.

Where are places in your life that you aren’t fully resting in Jesus? Where is Jesus wooing you into His perfect peace? May we truly stand firm on our Rock and Salvation and put our trust continually in our gracious King.

Resting in Him with you,

Bethany Joy

Confidence

Well, I’m back from my 5 week training in Belgium (CCMI) and ready to finish up fundraising and get to Nicaragua as soon as the Lord will allow. If I could describe my time at CCMI in one word it would be – CONFIDENCE.

In the States I know how to get around, buy what I need, and live life.  Even in Costa Rica I had become accustomed to what life looked like.  Moving to a completely new place can be a bit overwhelming.  Where do you buy craft supplies, shampoo and food? How do you get from point A to point B?  What about when my language ability is lacking and I can’t even communicate? I had become a bit anxious about moving to Nicaragua.  Being here in Belgium and traveling around on the weekends has restored my confidence.  Eventually, I’ll be able to learn the ropes in Nicaragua too. Confidence.

Living life with fellow MTW missionaries has also given me growing confidence in what the Lord is calling me to do.  Yes, I’ve known He’s called me to follow Him in overseas missions for a while now, but in the States what the Lord has called me to do is not the norm – leaving all that you know for a foreign land is strange.  Yet, surrounded by others who are called to the same strange, hard, yet glorious thing is confidence building. I see a bigger picture for what our Lord is doing around the world – all that He is at work doing through us, His imperfect yet willing servants. Confidence.

By being able to spend a wonderful weekend speaking Spanish in Paris with a good friend from Spain, I was excited with the ability to communicate and understand well in Spanish.  Yes, I still have a good bit to learn, of course, but the week in PILAT helped me to know how to best continue learning Spanish.  The techniques are simple, doable, and effective. I know, with the Lord’s help, I will be able to learn the Spanish and culture specific to the valley where I will be serving, and do it well. Confidence.

Hearing others stories of how the Lord has and continues to provide for fellow missionaries at the training was so encouraging.  Financially, physically, emotionally – in every way possible. Even while I was at CCMI and unable to support raise the past month the Lord brought in another 8% of monthly support – brining me up to 68% of support raised so far. God is providing abundantly and continually.  Confidence.

As I walked through grief with leaving the kidos I nannied over the past 6 years,  I saw the Lord provide small outlets of healing through the missionary kids at CCMI.  Each game of tag, hide-n-go-seek, Uno, peek-a-boo, toss in the air and little hug was a soothing salve to my hurting heart. Yes, I will continue to grieve leaving them and my own dear sweet family in the days to come, yet I know the Lord will not only grieve with me, but also provide little joys amidst the pain. He is faithful and He cares for me. Confidence.

While in Belgium I attended a Turkish Armenian Evangelical Church. They were so inviting, hospitable, and encouraging during my time there. It’s hard to leave my home church where I’ve been my entire life, yet I experienced the body of Christ in a beautiful way while in Belgium and I know, as the Lord’s body is also alive in Nicaragua, that I will get to be apart of yet another wonderful part of our family in Christ. Confidence.

   “And I am confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6

In what ways is our Father calling you to be confident in Him?  In His work in your life? In what He is doing? May we not simply stumble through life, because our God is faithful and we can be confident in Him.  Praise be to His Holy Name!

Walking in Confidence with you,

Bethany Joy