Is He worth it?

We had the privilege of going with some friends to a Hindu wedding.  I felt like the bride as my friend brought clothes, and jewelry, for me to wear and then she had some girls waiting to do my nails and makeup when we arrived at the wedding!  How fun and funny!!  Here are a few pics from the day!  One is of the bride and groom under the lovely wedding tent.  On the way home from the wedding and from our national conference I stopped to buy some watermelon at little roadside stand!  Just thought I’d throw that in!!IMG_9736IMG_9816IMG_9828

 

As many of you know Adam and I have been officially commissioned by Youth With A Mission Fiji to run the National Office (I’m pretty sure Adam posted pics of this on his facebook, so I won’t bother reposting!).  This means a big move for our family…it feels big, but I guess after moving clear across the sea in the last year, this should be easy!  I have been taking stock of the last year and in many ways I shake my head in wonder.  It feels like it has been a year of waiting, abiding and deepening our dependence on our Creator.  I know that I have talked about it before in this space…I had no idea how many tears would be cried.  I was talking to God about this a few weeks ago and I feel like He has a whole room filled with buckets, bowls and bins full of the tears of this last year.  It turns out that I don’t like change 🙂  But it was really about more than that…it was about me laying down my rights to a life in which I know that outcome of each situation.  It was a stripping away of some comforts and areas of security for me that were giving me a false sense of security and comfort.  It was a turning my eyes to the One who made me and me throwing my hands in the air and proclaiming, “You are worth it!”  That is the question God would ask me over and over throughout this whole process of letting go…”Am I worth it?”    I would always respond with an “Of course” followed by a bit of grumbling about why this had to be so difficult.  I am sensing that there is a freshness that is beginning…it is time to move out of grief and mourning (Hallelujah!!) of the things that have been and trusting that my God is a big big God and can handle the things I cannot (which appears to be everything at this time!)

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,because the Lord has anointed me

to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

To proclaim freedom for the captives  and release from darkness for the prisoners,

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God,

to comfort all who mourn,

and provide for those who grieve in Zion—

to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,

the oil of joy instead of mourning,

and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

They will be called oaks of righteousness,

a planting of the Lord  for the display of his splendor.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins

and restore the places long devastated;

they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.

Isaiah 61

He is definitely worth this and so much more!

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