How great

Tonight, as our group began singing the words to “How Great Is Our God”, my heart swelled with love for the God we were singing about and the blessed life I have.

There are a couple of dates in May of significance for me.

On May 7, 2003, I was appointed a missionary with the IMB.  It was a date I was unsure would happen after my first interview with the candidate consultant at SWBTS in 1999.

I remember sitting in a small room in the basement of the Scarborough Hall.  The consultant mentioned the numerous jobs I had had and why I thought I could last overseas long term.  I left the meeting a little angry that a person who did not know me would speak to me in such a manner!

Fortunately, I didn’t hold it against him and attended a second and third meeting with him.  And, I just celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of my appointment, so I guess I did last a while! 😉

Four years ago, my world was turned upside down when war broke out in the Donetsk area.  Initially, I left Donetsk in April 2014, but due to my registration expiring, I was forced to return to Donetsk in May 2014 to try to extend my registration.  I won’t go into great detail, but I will tell you that it was nothing short of a miracle that I was able to extend at all!  So, I left Donetsk for the last time (for now!) on May 15, 2014.

One event is a joyous celebration, the other completely the opposite.  But isn’t it a reflection of our life?  We all have ups and downs.  How we handle either speaks of our character.

My prayer is that no matter the circumstance I may be facing, I will be a reflection of the relationship I have with my Lord and Savior.  He is the reason I have life! He is the reason my life is so blessed.  Through it all…

The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty
Let all the Earth rejoice
All the Earth rejoice
He wraps himself in light
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice
How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God