I traveled for work this past week, and barely made it out of El Paso because of snow. But my God is good, and He can part water and stop snow and even make airplanes fly if He so desires.
I went for work, and being the nerd I am, I was excited for the trip even though I knew I'd be out of my element and you know I'm not that flexible... but it was good. God moved in my heart so many times.
As we were on the bridge out of Juarez, MX there was a man holding a sign (in espanol) that said "need money for diapers" and he was holding a boy that must have been 12-15 age who was handicapped, I wanted to give him money but the people in the van said "that's not a good idea" and my heartbroke. I think I shoudl have taken the risk and gotten out of the car to give him the money. Don't they say that you'll regret the things you don't do more than the things you do... ugh. That boys face has been in my heart and vision since I saw him. Yikes. As i am sitting here, my eyes are welling up because we really are so incredibly blessed. When Phyllis was young, yes, I stood in CVS and figured out the cost of each diaper to make sure i got the best deal, but I never had to stand on a bridge and beg for the money. Really, how blessed am I? I probably throw away a week what some of the people in Mexico (or around the world) eat because I just don't feel like having that today. Thank You Lord, for my many blessings, And Lord, help me to be a better steward of the gifts that You have given me.
We had to have faith to get out of El Paso, and we certainly had favor. I found out at about 12:30 AM that our flight was cancelled, and I was able to rebook on a different airline to get home (scheduled) about the same time as the original flight. I had a ninth grade sleepover and I didn't want to miss it planned for Friday night! It was postponed an hour because we had to de-ice in Atlanta... But we made it, and the flights before and after us were cancelled, really, i'd say that easily over 90% of the flights were cancelled... With everything going on, my mustard size faith got us home! Thank You God for being faithful, thank You for Your grace. Help me to increase my faith, if I can move a mountain with mustard size faith, what could I do, through You, with a grapefruit sized faith?
In the airport i was going to get some over-priced magazines and looked down and the book "have a little faith" by Mitch Albom was there, expensive, and more than i would have normally spent, but I'm half way done, and i bought it. Mitch Albom is one of my favorite authors and I was thankful to get his book, and so far, and 4 times the price, I think it would have been worth it. Part of it is set in Detroit, and I've been guided for an additional place to serve on the Detroit Mission Trip. I'm calling Monday. Thank You Lord for Your guidance, Lord help me to discern the direction You have for all areas of my life.
I cried when I got home. Truly, there is no place like Detroit, it's heartbeat is so loud it calls you back to it. Its soul is warm and welcoming. It's splendor, oh it's greatness, for things it was, for what it is, and all it shall be!
I will never be the same after this trip. NEVER! and I am so thankful for His work in me, that He never gives up, for His grace, and His favor.
There truly is no place like Home.
Hosea 11:8 "How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboiim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused.