Friday, February 10, 2012

Love and the Lifter of our heads

Wow, February is well under way and we are again amazed at God's work on this Island!  So often He reminds us that He has led us here.  It's so easy, I'm sad to say, to get disillusioned and begin to question your calling as you forge through the daily grind.  But God has been so gracious to literaly lift our heads (as Ps. 3:3 "But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.") when we feel low or discouraged or even just "normal" like we are just here living life, not really having an affect on anyone.  So many times this week people have voiced to me or in a group setting the fact that our family moving here has had, and continues to have, such a huge impact on the community and in the lives of individuals.  I was walking with my 22 year old friend Amy this morning and she voiced that she knows that she would not have come home to the Island and stayed (after recently graduating from college) if it hadn't been for us.  Now don't get me wrong, I am WELL aware this is NOT about us!!  And that is the marvel of it all...we are just who we are - it is God Almighty Who is doing this amazing work right before our eyes and we get to be a part of it!  Because we said "yes".  And we continue to say "yes".  The month of February often brings the natural tendency to focus on love.  One of my favorite things about the Love that Jesus shows us is that it never forces anything.  It's up to us to respond!  My prayer for us is that we will. AMEN!