The ink wasn’t even dry yesterday on my journal pages pleading with the Lord for ‘the other mamas’ when the middle-Littles handed me this precious photo after their chapel service. How is that for IMMEDIATE affirmation from our merciful and gracious Savior that He knows the other mamas? I knew this intellectually, but as always it takes my heart a while to catch up with my ever-racing mind. I’m slow on interpreting spiritual truths, but God clearly didn’t want me to miss this one.
Some of our favorite peeps in the village visited Rwanda last month on a mission trip with Africa New Life. While my friend and her son were in Africa they met Jovinus who was staying at the same mission house. Jovinus was recovering from surgery to heal his deformed bones. How loving is our God to meet not only this precious little boy’s needs, but all of ours as well — so many heard this story in chapel yesterday. Which is the greater miracle? That God healed Jovinus’ physical needs or met countless spiritual ones?
Our Lamplighters study this week is Mark 2 where Jesus heals the paralytic. So I very much have healing on my mind. Littlest’s spine, Jesus’ healing in Capernaum, and the witness of physical restoration in Rwanda. How are all these connected? What does all this mean?
I do not believe in coincidences. I believe in a redemptive and sovereign God who is alive and faithful to His beloveds, His precious creation. Jesus is still in the miracle business, friends, sharing glimpses of the restoration and wholeness that awaits us!
No mortal words can sing what I long to say. Thank you. Thank you for not only knowing the other mamas, but for creating them in Your image, numbering the hairs on their very heads, and for calling them by name. Thank you, Father, for breaking my heart for what breaks yours. But, forgive my pride of thinking I could ever be in the miracle business. Father, I do not know what you have planned for Littlest, but you do. I do not know the plans you have for the other mamas and their broken littles, but you do. I do not know what you have planned for each and every broken one of us, but you do.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you home and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Thank you, Lord, for our friends who traveled around the world and for the amazing story they carried back with them. Thank you, Lord, for the feet of those who bring good news.
“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10: 15b ; Isaiah 52:7
Thank you, Lord, for children clothed in hope.
Glory to you, Lord Jesus! Amen.
Have a happy weekend, y’all. Thank you for your prayers and for traveling this road with us.