O.K. so here is the big leg guy we've been talking so much about. And of course the kids - silly as ever. Ruben is healing up well. He is still in pain but it is lessening. This picture is actually after much improvement. I should have taken one earlier but frankly - it is yucky. It seems, of course to be dragging for him. He is looking forward to being able to actually walk for more than a few minutes at a time without being sore. Every affliction has it's course of completeness and so will this one.
Otherwise we are well and God is faithful to supply the joy of His fellowship without which there is really no reason for much of anything. I am convinced of this more and more as I read and pray and converse with others. At times I have wondered if I am just naive to think that we can actually hope to enjoy God's blessed company daily. I have decided I don't care if I am. That is my hope and I will hold to it. It is certainly biblical to live this way - so by God's grace, I will. Why bring this up here? It has been amazing to me that for the past few months, everywhere I turn, I find myself in conversation with a sibling in the Lord and it always gets around to God showing His love, in a way known to us - in every circumstance of need. Always there is a look from the person and then, "Well, you may not always hope to know that He is near." or something like that. So are we to see every trial as the one time we will not "see" our Jesus with us? How frightening! Is he not Immanuel? Is God not with us? Does the Holy Spirit not live within us? So what is there not to know? He is either there or He isn't. Perhaps our faith will be weak and we won't discern Him. Perhaps. I will hope for His joy anyway because it is right and it is good and even the darkness is not dark to God and after all, The Father was pleased to crush His son so if He is pleased to crush me then I will be in good company. I have thought lots on this - at times troubled. I know and see the evidence of this hope in God's people. It is the glorious evidence of the life of Christ. So I will keep it and I will purify my heart in it each day as God makes me able. I recommend it to you also - if it is not your habit to expect to encounter God Himself in His Holy Spirit through Jesus, you have good reason to start.
Well, I suppose that is an update of sorts. I hadn't planned on preaching to you all - but I am not inclined to delete it either. Loving and patient friends that you are - you aren't surprised. So things are moving along. We are praying that Ruben will be well enough to make the next Mexico trip at the end of Feb and to go on the Papua new Guinea trip in March which will be a little demanding phisically. Please pray with us about these and also for general protection and help teaching Elizabeth and David. The kids are doing really well. They have learned alot about meeting new people and having new friends and still loving old ones.
You have said, "Seek my face."
My heart says to you. "Your face, Lord do I seek."