On the Other Side

Thursday, November 14, 2019

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.

—Isaiah 55:8

I can’t even count how many times I have used the verse above as a header on this blog.  I’m continually surprised by the Lord.

Today I get to write about being pleasantly surprised.  Yay!

If you remember in my last blog we were confused and seeking the Lord about His plans for us and language school.  He gave us many positive thoughts about what He could be doing through these plans that were so different than what we had thought.  Now that we are on the other side of it, I am so happy to report that all of those positive things came to fruition.

God knows us so much better than we know ourselves, friends.  We did not want the plan He had for us but we obeyed.  And in obedience, blessings flow.

During this past month of language learning God has grown us both tremendously.  We’ve both strengthened in our languages skills.   By having the chance for Jack to take a class that was better designed for the way that he learns, He is feeling much more confident and ready to keep moving forward.  For me, having the chance to study alone gave me a lot more time for conversation with my language coaches.  This not only helped me develop my conversation skills but also to get to know each of them better and I feel like it was a very encouraging month spiritually, both for me and for them.

Here’s the bottom line, God knows best.  Of course we all know those words but when the rubber meets the road, can we truly believe it enough to obey?  I hope this is just another brick of foundation for us to obey again and again, even when we don’t like it or understand.

Thank you all SO MUCH for your kind comments and encouragement.  Knowing how our vulnerability helps others, helps us know that our struggles are not in vain.  God is using them in ways we never would have imagined.