Monday, September 22, 2008

Reality Check

So, I'm going to France in October...lah tee da! Oh what I suffer for Jesus! I never thought we would be taking our children on a European Vacation--I mean Mission Trip--before they were even teenagers. What does one wear in the French Alps? Will I be packing my super cute black boots? The passports are current, the airline tickets are purchased, the rental car is reserved. We all have haircuts scheduled for the week before we go.

Yes. I know. I DO think of everything, don't I?

And so my thoughts went last week, bouncing through la la land. Then, WHAM! It hit us. On Saturday the boys were at each other's throats. By Sunday we were all arguing--all of us but David were in tears as we pulled in to the garage after church. David would not let any of us leave the car until he prayed. Even then, stuff kept coming. Two of us are fighting colds, two of us are fighting discouragement, and all four of us are fighting fatigue. Why does it take attacks from the enemy to remind me that we are NOT simply headed for a pleasure trip? Now don't get me wrong, I would be a bald-faced liar if I did not admit that we plan to take a great deal of pleasure in our exploratory trip to France. But we truly are on God's errand, and He has plans for us that we cannot begin to fathom. Plans that can alter eternities, change the course of generations, and perhaps even challenge the very gates of Hell. How in the world can I be concerned about haircuts when so many more important things are at stake?

I ask this of you with pleading...PRAY FOR US! Pray that we stay focused on Him, in tune with His Spirit, and devoted to His purposes. I am so stinking easily distracted from the things that really matter. Pray that we will be united as a family, fully trusting God on each step of this journey. God will have the victory. He is mighty to save.

Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:11-12

1 comment:

  1. He IS mighty to save - and He is mighty to love and cover your family in the shelter of His wings as you are preparing for this flight! You absolutely have our prayers and love........ Mom/Janica