Another friday – hard to believe as of tomorrow I will have been here for a month. A fifth of my time is over already! Crazy.
Yesterday God really worked a lot on my heart. A bunch of us girls from the program have been wanting to get a bible study started up, but we hadn´t gotten around to it yet. After our last dance class we sat in the garden of the university and had our first time of meeting together.
First of all let me just say how blessed I am to have those girls here. God really provided awesome friends for these 5 months… friends that are so spiritually encouraging and, well… they are just solid.
We began to share with each other about what God is doing in our hearts after being here for a month. We talked about our struggles, our hopes, our worries, our homesickness. At one point one of my friends began to cry and shared with us that her mom died last year. Most of us didn´t know. She talked about how difficult her family situation is at home and how much she loves having a host mom here in Ecuador. Man, we all just got around and prayed for her, and it was such an awesome time. Isn´t it crazy to think how much people can be going through so much pain and you would never know? It really was a blessing to me that she broke down and shared that with us because there are so many times when I take my family, my economic stability, and my comfort for granted. I assume that they are my right, when really, they are a gift. And God gives and takes away.
It led me last night to the book of Job, who had everything, lost everything, and then was blessed 10-fold in the end. I wanted to share a couple of verse that really struck me.
Job 23:10-12 ¨But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside. I have not departed from the commands of his lips, I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.¨ (I hope I can say that about my relationship with God looking back on my life someday)
Job 27:2-6 ¨As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, The almighty, who has made me taste bitterness of soul, as long as I have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils, my lips will not speak wickedness, and my tongue will utter no deceit. I will never admit you are in the right. Till I die, I will not deny my integrity. I will maintain my righteousness and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live.¨
During the very last chapter of the book, when God has answered Job´s prayer and proven himself to Job, Job says,
¨My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.¨
What an awesome example Job is… and my friend as well… because they have been through so much yet still clung to the Lord. I know I haven´t been through that much hard stuff, especially compared to them… but my prayer is that I will call upon God at all times, (see chapter 27:10) not just on the good days.