Yesterday morning I met with my dear friend Colly to take a jog along the oceanfront. I have always enjoyed our time exercising together, but more importantly I love what a blessing she is to me and the great encouragement I always receive from our conversations. These days I am treasuring every moment because in less than a week, Colly and her family will be leaving overseas to Taiwan to be missionaries.
As we were running we were discussing different things that were happening in both of our lives. All of a sudden a rather large feather dropped from the sky falling to the ground between us. It rather startled us both as we looked up, shook our heads and thought of how strange that was.
We continued to run and on the way back I stopped to pick up the feather that was still lying there on the ground. Our discussion continued with all the many details of their trip that had fallen into place and of how exciting it was to see God working in it all. We also discussed with a bit of sadness of what a bitter/sweet thing their soon departure will be.
Of course Colly has become one of my dearest friends and her daughter and mine are best friends as well. Through the years our families have spend countless hours of fun times together. We have also done a in home bible study group together for a few years now and all have grown so much in our relationships with one another and in our faith in the Lord as well.
It will be extremely hard for us to see them go, as we will miss them tremendously. But on the other hand, we are excited about how God is using them and for the work they will be doing there in Taiwan. Our discussion continued about the thoughts and concerns for the future and what might look like and how that can sometimes bring a sense of anxiety.
At that moment still twiddling the feather between my fingers a scripture came to my mind as I shared it with my friend . . .Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Matthew 6:27
Worry, fear, anxiety we all experience them from time to time (let’s face it, we’re only human). It’s knowing how to properly handle these emotions when they arise that make all the difference. It’s in the releasing them to God and letting him ease our burden, this is where we experience his peace.
I just recently read a post on Facebook saying something like . . .walking by faith is not always easy, but walking by faith makes all things possible (and that is the solid truth). Sometimes in our obedience to God, he asks us to do things, and sometimes to even go to unknown places. Oftentimes these things that can sometimes seem rather frightening because the unknown can be a bit scary to ALL of us.
Sometimes it’s not necessarily the doing or the going that is worrisome, but the leaving behind or letting go of the very people God has blessed us with in our lives. This is an area where we have to execute trust and know that God is working out his purpose and plan for each of us. And that he is working all things out according to his will. Because we don’t know the future, we have to trust the one who does.
When we are part of the family of God, isn’t the whole world our neighbors? No distance can separate the love that we share together when we are “In Christ.” We are all connected as part of the body of Christ through his spirit working within us and working out his purpose for us.
I’m SO thankful for the modern-day resources we have available to us. Even though we may be worlds away from one another, we still can still stay connected through modern technology. I’m thinking we have it SO much easier than the apostles did during their time here on earth.
A recent quote I jotted down from author Ann VosKamp stated it so beautifully. . . “God’s Kingdom is the only dominion with no distance, with no miles to ever separate but only extra miles to willingly go.
Thank you Lord God for the willingness and obedience of my dear friends to go to the unknown places that you have placed on their hearts. Thank you that we can rely on your promises to ease our heavy hearts. Thank you for how you are working out your overall plan which is far beyond anything our human minds can understand. Help us all to trust you daily, to fully rely on you. One day at time, one hour at a time, one moment at a time. Help us to trust that your grace really is enough. Thank you for who you are and for all you have done. Also for the gentle feather reminder of your faithfulness in every situation. You are an amazing God! We Love You! In your name we pray! AMEN
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7