Saturday, 17 August 2013
I sit here with my possessions...two bags, a backpack, a skateboard and my plane ticket to Chicago. Common sense beckons me to stay BUT the Lord urges me to walk in faith (Psalm 119:105). We have the choice to live in security and ease or to live in obedience which promises us nothing less than the hope and prize of standing before the Holy One in eternity...but that choice is left to us.
"Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you." - Psalm 139:7-12
This step is not one of loneliness or a time of separation from the LORD...as David declares in this beautiful Psalm that whether we are in the depths of the sea, near death or covered by darkness, the right hand of the LORD is holding us and specifically holding me. This declaration is hard to comprehend and trust as I sit here surrounded by strangers with my few possessions. But following the life of David as he fled for his life from Saul's army and fought countless battles in the name of Yahweh, it humbles me and allows me to understand even a faint glimpse of the guidance of our Lord and Father.
I leave my base camp of Abbotsford to Chicago for a first session of four months in the Windy City, the third largest city in the US, and the Moody campus is in the core of downtown. I will be engaging in new and exciting studies of the Word of the Lord, and most likely this is the first trip of many over the next 3 years as I finish my BA in Biblical Studies.
I cannot express the thanks that I have for the overwhelming support I have been showed by family, friends and my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Your prayer has been such an indescribable blessing and I ask with sincerity that as you think of me you would continue this prayer over at my time at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Pray that I would be willing to allow Him to mold and shape my mind to focus on His glory and that I would be attentive to the wisdom and knowledge He would reveal to me about Himself. The Lord provides and continues to provide over all of the logistical things that need to be done and the finances for this adventure, God is so good!
"One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple." Psalm 27:4