My God is Unchanging and Eternally Beautiful

After coming home from Siem Reap and spending time there observing their night life and the interactions occurring between the people there my mind was paralyzed. Hannah and I found ourselves physically drained from the night for days after and not in a natural way. Our bodies and minds were run down from the spiritual heaviness.  Hannah is a woman of grace and she seemed to handle it better than I (That is something about her I always sit back and truly appreciate.) I on the other hand did not.

My mind became a maze of thought trails that began to tangle with each other. Instead of leading to a concluding thought or theory; the mess of these thoughts turned into a knot. Each one was stuck somewhere amongst each other.  I couldn’t find my way to a conclusion.  I knew God was sitting patiently and I didn’t doubt that he had intended and purposely allowed me to view things for a divine reason but I just couldn’t figure out what it was.  I opened my bible after praying for strength and peace and I think in that moment Jesus may have taken hold of my fingers helping them to find just the page he wanted me to listen to.

Jeremiah 12 says
“Lord, you always give me justice
when I bring a case before you.
So let me bring you this complaint:
Why are the wicked so prosperous?

You have planted them,
and they have taken root and prospered.
Your name is on their lips,
but you are far from their hearts.
But as for me, Lord, you know my heart.
You see me and test my thoughts.
Drag these people away like sheep to be butchered!

Set them aside to be slaughtered! “
…. Jesus replies with…

“If racing against mere men makes you tired,
how will you race against horses?
If you stumble and fall on open ground,
what will you do in the thickets near Jordan?”
HA how wonderfully rich is that interaction?!  It is a sweet thing to be corrected by the Lord. It hurts sometimes but my goodness this was so good for me to hear. God was looking me in the face saying how stand up and quite acting like this…. If I have trusted you with these things I already know you can handle it. You can handle this so stand up. You ask for more from me… how could I give it to you if you won’t walk in the confidence that you can stand?
I am joyful at this interaction and after pondering it … my eyes became unclouded.

This week was steady and full.
My teammates are unfortunately finding themselves carrying sickness the past few days and so for anyone reading I’ll be ending this blog with a small list of prayer requests for each of my teammates who need prayer.
The power of prayer is bigger than any sickness and I will continue to walk in that faith.
So I will thank you in advance for healing them.  And thank you for supporting me throughout this trip. Daily I am drawn back to how amazing it is to have the support of so many and I am so grateful for each of you.
Thank you.

-Elle: healing for a respiratory cold/infection of some sort.
-Hannah: healing for a respiratory cold/infection.
-Katie: healing for stomach problems and loss of appetite.
-Sarah R: healing from skin irritations
-Kerina: healing for a chest cold and asthma.

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