Monday, September 13, 2010

Round the World and Back Again

When we all plan for a trip we gear up, we plan, we map out, we designate, we  communicate and we prepare for the expected and unexpected.  Imagine if you can taking everything you need in this backpack......FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR!  She will sleep in a two man tent, sweat til she thinks she can sweat no more, walk where angels go before, weep with those who weep, she will walk where heaven and earth collide, she will kiss the hands of children bringing God's love where ever she goes,  fearfully and wonderfully made is she, and He will give her eyes to see the way He only measures beauty.  You are beautiful to me, you are brave, you are strong, you are more than I could ever ask or hope for.  

Gearing up for Chandler's departure has been easy thus far until this week when the realization and closeness of the date is actually in view now.  The start of her journey is close at hand, like now, which makes for her time here all the more precious.  The girls tease me when I use the word "precious", but to be honest we all are so out of tune these days with just how precious our lives are with each other.  How delicate the balance is between us and others and the grace it takes to live in this world.  I know I could only do it with God's grace cause my grace isn't big enough, but His is infinite.  Today, Sept. 13th is Chandler's birthday and she leaves for the Philippines.  The Philippine flag will now fly in front of our house until the next country and so on and so on until she is back in the USA again.
When Abraham started his 1500 mile journey of Faith he was fueled by just that, Faith.  It is taking Chandler tremendous Faith, God's Faith, to step out into this moth eaten world, the over grown streets and deserted places left to wither and die.  "And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country,.....for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God".  Heb. 11: 8-10  There will be many times she will go, and not know where she is going, who she will meet or what she will experience.  Like Indiana Jones in the Last Crusade, who is standing on the ledge trying to get across a huge gorge in between the two cave entrances, he remembers leap from the lions head from his black book of clues as his father lies waiting for the water to heal his wounds saying, "you must take the leap boy, you must believe, you must trust".  As he takes that all too familiar step out onto the abyss he says, "with God take that leap of Faith".  He does and as we all know he steps out onto a solid rock bridge.  A solid bridge he can not see at first until he takes that step, then it is revealed to him......
I think much will be revealed to my sweet Chandler.  She is my hero and I love her so much.  I am so deeply proud to be her mom and pray for God's protection every step she takes, every place her feet tread, all the mouths she will feed, the people she will embrace, all the lives that will be changed because of her and the lives that will change her forever.  She is packed up, prayed up and ready to go.  The rest is up to God.
You may follow her along her journey at Adventures in Missions .  Thanks for your support both financially and prayerfully.