What an amazing whirlwind of constant activity the past few weeks have been! We have been sorting through our posessions trying to figure out what to keep, what to give away, throw away, sell, take to Haiti, store, etc... It started out with us carefully and prayerfully sorting through everything. It ended with a mad rush, a bunch of confusion, some yelling, and just throwing stuff in various containers. It will be a miracle if we can find most of the stuff we decided to keep.
The last three days of moving out of our house turned into a sleepless marathon. Thanks to the Whaleys for bringing us some food and to Mr. Bruce for helping us move. We had plenty of offers for help, but were somewhat unprepared to receive it. Most of the work was in making decisions on what to do with stuff.
We were supposed to close on our house on Friday afternoon, but still another roadblock prevented us fom closing and receiving the much needed peace that will come when that burden is finally lifted. We will hopefully close on Monday afternoon. There is a great light in all of this, though...
Matthew 10:11-12 "Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay at his house until you leave. 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting.
Ms. Jeannette Cooper has generously offered to share her home with us until we leave. She is such a dear sister in Christ and has opened her home to us for small goup study for the past couple of years. It is so wonderful to have dear brothers and sisters in Christ to partner with on this journey.
Matthew 19:29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.
As we leave behind worldly posessions and relationships, God has already begun to abundantly provide more than we could ever have imagined. It is unique because the relationships and things he is providing are so kingdom focused. All working together for the glory of Christ and the furthering of His kingdom.
Ms. Jeanette offered us her condo on Hilton Head for recovery and refreshment so we eagerly took her up on it. Shortly after we arrived yesterday the Rockwell family drove over and fought traffic in order to spend some time with us and pray for us - giving us a wonderful commissioning and send off.
Last night as my family sat around enjoying our first sigh of relief in a long time I reflected on Earnest Shackleton's journey across the most treacherous waters in the world on an amazing rescue mission. Just moments before reaching the whaling station that would bring rescue after a year of suffering on the move he writes -
"We had 'suffered, starved, and triumphed, grovelled down yet grasped at glory, grown bigger in the bigness of the whole.' We had seen God in His splendours, heard the text that Nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man. When I look back at those days I have no doubt that Providence guided us, not only across those snowfields, but across the storm-white sea that separated Elephant Island from our landing-place on South Georgia. I know that during that long and racking march of thirty-six hours over the unnamed mountains and glaciers of South Georgia it seemed to me often that we were four, not three. I said nothing to my companions on the point, but afterwards Worsley said to me, “Boss, I had a curious feeling on the march that there was another person with us.” Crean confessed to the same idea. One feels “the dearth of human words, the roughness of mortal speech” in trying to describe things intangible, but a record of our journeys would be incomplete without a reference to a subject very near to our hearts."
He then goes on to say that they were so comfortable they were unable to sleep. They were men on a mission that had only reached one more milestone by the grace of an Almighty God. The real work was still ahead. They had men to rescue.
Last night as I sat in the luxury provided by a dear and generous sister in Christ, I was able to take it in just enough to be refreshed for the journey that lies ahead. I shared these thoughts with my family as we recalled names and faces of the children in Grand Goave that we are so anxious to get to. Like Shackelton we have by the grace of God reached simply another milestone in our journey that will not be complete until we have been reunited with the reason for it all - sharing the love of Christ with precious souls in Haiti.