Sunday, November 13, 2011
When Life Throws Curve Balls, Make Lemonade --Or Something Like That!
So, how has God revealed Himself to us lately? By bringing a part-time teaching job at West Coast Baptist College to us. We have met so many new people, and we get to see James and Jessica there twice a week--you can't beat that! Not to mention, there is some added income! We have been able to connect with our friends, Mark and Katrina Ksiazkiewicz (don't bother trying to pronounce it :). We knew Mark and Katrina year and years ago back in Indiana. My husband worked with Mark at a service station as they both made their way through Bible college. Mark and Katrina moved to Lancaster about the same time that my husband started working there. I do believe that God brought them back into our lives! We are having them over for Thanksgiving next week--can't wait! God has also allowed us to reconnect with Dr. Mark Rasmussen, the vice-president of WCBC, who has been such a godly friend to our family and is just the most encouraging, pro-active friend anyone could imagine.
God has also revealed Himself by providing for us in various ways. James thought that he would be able to transfer to Home Depot in Lancaster or Palmdale, but that has not worked out, but WCBC offered James and Jessica the opportunity to work for a ministry which helps to pay their school bills AND just as James' bank account was getting pretty depleted, he received a really nice, very necessary, unexpected check in the mail. James was shouting for joy on that one!
God has also validated the many months in which we poured our hearts and souls into the ministry here in the desert. We have received so many kind letters and phone calls from people telling us that they love us--and some have even said that we helped to change their lives--we know that God did the changing, but it sure was wonderful to be used by Him in that way. Our experiences here in the desert have changed us too. We know that wherever God leads us next, the situations that God allowed us to experience were only to refine us and make us more useful for His work. It wasn't for naught!
So many times I wish my life had a written schedule that told me what I could look for next, but even though I don't know what will be next, God does. When the curve balls come, and they will come, I just have to be patient and look for God to reveal Himself all along the way--and possibly make some lemonade!