updating their blog about the church in Brazil, so if you're interested in that, check out her blog at www.taylors4brazil.blogspot.com.
|At the Smithsonian|
|Fun at a party|
|Fun in the pool|
We returned home around 2 in the morning, tired but happy and spiritually refreshed. But then as we drove down our gravel road, David stopped and pointed out that our front door was standing open and there were lights on in the house. We immediately called the police and they came and examined the house before we went in to see what damage had been done. Thankfully, it was not as bad as it could have been, but the thief did manage to find the cash that we had set aside towards the purchase of a car and a few days later, David noticed that the external hard drive was gone too.
But amazingly, we were both pretty calm about it this time. We have been growing in our trust in God's sovereignty and this was a perfect chance to test what we claim to believe. Like Job said (in my words), are we only willing to accept all the good things God has to offer and not the bad things He brings our way? (Job 2:10) What? Does God bring bad things into our lives on purpose? How is that kind and loving and merciful? How does that match up with His righteous character? And another question is, should I thank God for all the blessings I receive, but not thank Him for what I see as ... un-blessings? Does Scripture ever make an exception for what I should thank God for? I Thessalonians 5:18 says, "In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God ..." I don't see an exception clause in there. "In everything, (except those things which you don't like or appreciate) give thanks." This is a truth I have been slowly learning recently as well as I work through a book on that very subject. Amazing, isn't it, how God teaches us a truth theoretically through His Word and through teachers who have grasped that truth, and then takes us on a field trip to give us a chance for hands-on learning, to put into practice that which we claim to believe so firmly.
So I'm blessed that I serve a God who is good and righteous, who ordains all the details of my life, and who expects my gratitude for the good and bad. Because in the end, I think I will look back and think, "what bad?" because it will all have been worth it.