A year ago I would never have believed it if you told me my husband was an amazing cook. But now on Thursday evenings you’ll find Dan in our kitchen whipping up a fabulous meal.
Teaching is my gift and it’s what I love to do more than anything. So if you had asked me if I had lots to learn in that area, I would probably have said, “No, not much.” Yet in these past few semesters of teaching at the university, I’ve been challenged to try new methods and am a far better teacher than I was before.
We have been learning the truth of what George Mullër wrote: “God not only orders our steps. He orders our stops.” Twelve months ago we were SO READY to return to Brazil. Dan’s health was one hundred percent better. Our three older children were well established in college. We had completed the requisite year of partnership building. And we were raring to go.
Mysteriously, the door closed and we were faced with another year of living Stateside. But did the Lord let us sit idly by, waiting for the day we’d finally have our tickets in hand? No. He kept encouraging us to learn and grow. He gave us leadership positions that stretched us. He allowed us to be here for family members with tremendous needs. He taught us to keep trusting Him when the future is uncertain. He gave us an overwhelming sense of His loving presence in our lives.
When you walk with Jesus, the steps and the stops have the same purpose. They teach us to love Him, trust Him, and serve Him, no matter what!