It's been a sweet first few days here in our last community. God is so alive in the people in this community, and I am constantly being reminded of God's faithfulness through reuniting with so many of our friends here. Here's a word from Adelaide Isaacs about what God's been teaching her throughout our time in the third community.
It’s dry here. The rain doesn’t come very often and when it does, the ground is so surprised that it can’t absorb or retain anything. The sky is cloudless, the ground is parched and cracking, the plants are all dried up… But, what I have seen here are streams in the desert. Isaiah 35:5-6 says “then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.” The Lord continues to surprise me here.
There is abundance in the dryness. Generosity, laughter, selflessness—all in abundance. This summer has been eye-opening and ear-unplugging, all in preparation to behold the glory that is God, unexpected. He has arrived most clearly for me at unexpected times in unexpected ways, from a wild ostrich to endless laughter; I’ve seen Him in creation, and I’ve known Him through creation. He has prepared our hearts for this glorious unveiling—to see His people and His creation with clear eyes, with His eyes. This process of sanctification, of drawing so near to Him we can see the lines on His face, has been uncomfortable at times, but walking into this final community with eyes wide open, with supernatural clarity, compassion, community, is a refreshing stream at the end of our journey.
We started teaching a new virtue in the schools, initiative. We have seen and taught God’s grace all summer and as we transition into initiative, I am encouraged to take initiative with what has been revealed to me—to approach each classroom with an internal posture of stillness, with ears open, listening for His voice. I invite Him in—“speak LORD for your servant is listening” (I Sam. 3:10). Each lesson, each child holds new potential for a fresh revelation of Him. As we draw nearer to the end of this summer, I’m leaning in to opportunity. I’m listening for direction, waiting for Him. He is faithful to speak, faithful to refresh, faithful to reveal. Every stream in the desert starts with a trickle (Ezekiel 47:1-12).