Last night, we gathered in our little farmhouse, here in a little town tucked into the northern corner of Arkansas, to dream together about pursuing restoration for lives across the globe.
Honestly, this is all a little surreal.
When Dave and I said that first hesitant yes to adoption all those years ago, we had no idea that God was setting into motion a plan to would bring together a tribe of justice seekers poised to impact communities in central Africa.
This morning, as I reflected on the evening and on the work that has led to this point, I just sat in awe.
I could share dozens of examples of how God provided every dollar for our feeding program, how He brought people into our lives to mentor and guide and partner and how He is aligning hearts and details to create long-term change in this country and for these people we have come to love.
When I opened my computer this morning aiming to share all He has done and is currently doing, I stared at an empty screen for some time seeking the right words.
Then, to distract myself, I started uploading photos from trick-or-treating the other night.
As I looked through the photos of my little munchkins and reminisced on the fun of that night, I felt a sudden swell of emotion. You guys. God LOVES seeing His kids running to discover the amazing treats waiting for us behind each new door. Treats including authentic community and passionate worship. Treats including serving the least of these and watching the Kingdom unfold right here on earth. He laughs in delight as we experience his absolute best for us.
I imagine God sat on the precipice of Heaven last night, captivated as He watched his beloved kids wrestle through hard questions and share painful stories. Listening with a broad smile as we offered prayers of thanksgiving and sincere pleas for wisdom. In the same way I gush with pride and intense love as I watch my children discover their distinct giftings, I believe He relishes the moments when we come together to seek His unique call on our lives.
And, you know what else I’ve learned? Even when we are the midst of an unfolding of God’s plans, we can pause and soak up the joy of the sweet moments of this life. Including silly holidays and costumes and shrieks of laughter.
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