We gathered for church - our first official church in English for missionaries...So much has happened, we've all been through so much - working , no living this life for Jesus. It's easy to get caught up in all that needs to happen and does happen and forget to pause and spend some time just worshiping the One who brought each of us to this harsh and beautiful land. To these people we love and have come to serve. As we gathered and shared our hearts, we sang this song, and the following is what ran through my mind as we sat there, taking everything before God, together. We request your prayers, as life here is not easy, but you are never safer than when you are in the center of where God wants you to be - for the only True safety is found in Christ.
Gunshot Wounds. Being robbed at gunpoint. Fear for your children, their safety.Your perfect love is casting out fear
But He is there.And even when I'm caught in the middle of the storms of this life
Not knowing where you'll be the next day...sick children, worries from home.I won't turn back
He is why we are here. There is no going backI know you are near
He will never leave me nor forsake me.
And I will fear no evil
Voodoo. Crime. Anger. Desperation.For my God is with me
He walks us through it all.And if my God is with me
We know He isWhom then shall I fear?
No weapon formed against us shall prosperWhom then shall I fear?
No one is as great as He.Oh no, You never let go
Through the calm and through the storm
He is the same no matter the circumstanceOh no, You never let go
In every high and every low
I don't get to decide what is good and what is badOh no, You never let go
Lord, You never let go of me
but through it all He takes care of meAnd I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
This world is NOT all there isA glorious light beyond all compare
Knowing Him is better than anythingAnd there will be an end to these troubles
There are no "sides" in Heaven, just GodBut until that day comes
God has us here for nowWe'll live to know You here on the earth
But we will strive to follow Him through our daily livesYes, I can see a light that is coming for the heart that holds on
Hope still exists. Read Revelation.And there will be an end to these troubles
And this too shall pass.But until that day comes
We must walk through life here, faithfullyStill I will praise You, still I will praise You
He is Good and Worthy of our praise.
(Thank you Matt Redman for the song You Never Let Go)
PS Mom, this did not all happen to me - don't panic :-)