Because some days are hard…. but God is still good!

Our Mission to the Himalayas and Beyond

praise himIt has been a rough week, what am I saying, it has been a rough year. 🙂

Had I only known what all would take place as our family set out for Nepal, I think I might have gone running back to the car.

As we began our time here, we spent the first few months settling in, getting accustomed to life overseas. Just when we got into the groove of it all, our world was shaken, literally by two major earthquakes. Months were spent doing relief work, and striving to live without fear of another big quake.

As the tremors slowed down, rumors began to be dispersed of the borders between Nepal and India closing. And in a matter of days, the petrol and cooking gas were gone. This lasted for months on end, as we put our feet good use and did a lot of walking.

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A Year Later…

earthquakeOn April 25, 2015 a 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, killing over 9000 people, destroying homes, businesses, schools and hospitals, and leaving many people living outdoors for months on end.

Since this time, Nepal has also faced an unofficial blockade with India, resulting in lack of petrol, cooking gas, and basic food items.

It has been a crazy year to live in Nepal. Yet, one thing is for sure God has been faithful through every season. Faithful to take care of us, provide for us, and comfort us when afraid.

He has taught me that each day is a gift, not to be taken for granted. For you never know what the day holds, nor if tomorrow will come.

I’ve learned that “When I’m afraid, I (can) trust in God”, as over 400 aftershocks have rattled my nerves throughout the year.

The Lord has shown me what it means to depend on Him, when we weren’t sure if we’d have enough cooking gas, petrol, or water. Teaching me that He is my provider.

Living in such an unpredictable place, I have realized that only my Heavenly Father is truly faithful and dependable. Life and others will certainly fail, but He never does.

I’ve learned to hold loosely to stuff, which can be taken away or destroyed. Realizing that it is far better to store up treasures in Heaven than here on this earth.

Most importantly God has shown me that what matters most in investing in the lives of others, my husband, my kids, my friends, neighbors and strangers I meet each day.

This time last year, our family was huddled in the flower garden across from our home, as we waited out numerous aftershocks that continued all night long. This time last year, when the big quake began, I was at a loss for what was even taking place. This time last year, sleep often eluded me.

But a year later, God has proved over and over that He is faithful. He is good. He is trustworthy. He is all I need.

I certainly do not know what tomorrow has in store, but I’m confident that whatever the day holds, my God will be with me through it all!

 

My Strong Tower

strong tower“The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” – Proverbs 18:10 

Our journey to Chitwan was nothing short of exciting. Right before we started out, I took a motion sickness pill, hoping it would knock me out. (If you have ever ridden on the curvy, mountainous roads of Nepal, you understand 🙂 ) For me seeing where we are going or how big the drop off on the side of the road is, is too much.  And thankfully it worked, I dozed on and off until we were stopped in traffic. We knew road work was going on and that the bus was trying to get passed a section of the road before a certain time. However, we had just missed getting through and ended up sitting in traffic for about an hour, as we watched a bulldozer going up the mountain, carving through the dirt, and rocks falling down into the road. It looked like a landslide, and in one sense it was, but it was intentional. Yet, it gave a whole new meaning to the “watch for falling rocks” signs seen in the States.watch for falling rocks

This morning, we took a jeep safari into the Chitwan National Park, hoping to see the animals before they hid in the dark cool places, to wait out the heat of the day. We saw numerous types of birds, peacocks, rhinos, deer, monkeys, wild boars, and bison. It was great. We also saw watchtowers scattered throughout the park, where the military guys would stand on guard. These towers were pretty high up, giving the officers a good view of the park.

As we passed by these places, I couldn’t help but be reminded that God is my strong tower. He sets up high seeing and knows in advance what things will happen, He is on the lookout for predators lurking in a distance, and He knows how and when to step in to save the day.

When I’m feeling tossed and tempted by this world, He is my High Place to run to. To find shelter from the storms of life and to rest in His perfect arms. Which provide peace, safety and love.

Living in Nepal, where many believe in Karma, and in an endless cycle of death and rebirth. How blessed I am to know the truth. That Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. How blessed I am that the Lord has opened my eyes to these truth, and welcomed me into His family.

To know that in the storms of life, I can run to Him. To know that He is there watching over me and taking care of what happens daily in my life. To know that when I die, I will go on to be with Him.

Life in Nepal is far from certain, nothing is for sure.

Yet, My God is faithful. He is certain, He is for sure. And no matter what, I can count on Him.

Though I may fail Him, He never fails me!

A Needed Reminder

prone to wonderIt seems here lately that I’m becoming more and more forgetful. Just the other day I almost had a nervous breakdown because I thought I had left my computer bag on a local microbus… when in actuality, I had left it at home.(Big sigh of relief 🙂 ) My husband and kids laugh and say I’m loosing my mind. I think they must be driving me crazy! 🙂

Yet the reality is, we are all forgetful, and we all need to be reminded of things. (Like reminding our kids to brush their teeth EVERY SINGLE NIGHT).

But as I finished reading the book of Joshua today and began Judges, I was shocked at how many times as Joshua neared the end of His life that he repeatedly reminded the Israelites of all God had done for them. He also told them again and again to be very careful to keep God’s commands, to hold fast to Him, to love Him etc.

Now you spiritual folks might think it would be unnecessary for Joshua to tell them to be very careful to love God…. but more than once he says this. More than once he reminds them to obey the book of law. More than once he says, remember it is God who brought you this far, God who fought for you, God who is with you.

The book of Joshua ends with the people choosing this day to serve the Lord, and making promises to hold fast to the Lord. Yet, years pass, and it says, the people neither knew the Lord or what He had done.

It seems to me that they had forgotten to not only remember these things, but most certainly they had forgotten to pass down these things to their children and the next generation.

And if you’ve read the rest of the book, you know that things only got worse for the Israelites as they failed to do as God said, and instead of fighting for them. God used their enemies to punish them.

As I read this, I was struck by those little words… “be very careful to love the Lord your God(Joshua 23:11).”

How often do we just assume we will love God? We say we love God, but do we really? How is our love for Him displayed to the lost world every day?

Over and over we are told to remember what God has done, because we typically forget. Over and over we are told to be diligent to hold fast to the Lord, because we typically hold fast to this world.

The Lord tells us to serve Him, yet so often we are prone to serve ourselves.

It is easy to talk about God, easy to even teach God’s Word… yet the real test is if we will live out this Word.

There is indeed a lost and dying world looking to see if we really believe what we say. Lost friends and neighbors who care more about what we do, than what we say.

We must take the time to think upon and remember what God has done for us. Lest we take it for granted. Take Him for granted, or worse yet, believe that somehow we deserve His goodness.

Joshua knew the hearts of the people. He knew that they were prone to wonder. Knew that they would probably fall away. God certainly knew, yet He chose them and loved them anyway. Time after time, having mercy upon them, which they didn’t deserve.

How important then is it that we remember and remind ourselves as well as our kids of the greatness of our God. He is good, He is faithful, He is loving and kind. He is merciful and just, gracious and powerful.

So, “Let us be very careful to love the Lord our God!”