17 October 2014

One Happy Clam!

I landed in Japan about three and a half weeks ago, in a manner something like how a crab in it's shell is dropped on the beach, from the tide of the ocean.  Some people didn't notice, others took a second glance, but someone picked me up and took me home. 
Now, I am as happy as a clam!

From interesting airport moments, to ministry on the streets of downtown Sendai, this adventure is like living the words of a book I've read. Only somehow, it doesn't seem so amazing living it, as it seemed in the printed pages of a book. 
It's the normal Christian life.

Truly, the Lord does do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that I could ask, think, or even imagine. He is God Almighty. 

With Him, nothing is impossible. 


Some of the things I have seen remind me of 'home' in the U.S. 

Other things remind me of 'home' in Mozambique. 

As a missionary kid once said, 
"Home is where you miss the most when you aren't there." 

Dried little fish

Food has been a cultural experience for certain. Those first few days were the newest experiences for tastes and textures I think I have ever known. The good news is, after a short while, I am liking what I'm eating! And getting better with chopsticks. I have discovered that different chopsticks are easier to use. You know you have accomplished something when you can eat rice and noodles with chopsticks! I can do it!! Okay, so, people are kind and often offer me a fork. I have to admit, it makes me wonder how embarrassing I look trying to get the food to my mouth. But, I am determined, if nothing else.

Whether it's reclining at the table in true Japanese style, or eating "Shabu~Shabu" at home with friends, it's fun and filling!

This mountain road is a blessing to travel. I've spent some time with Abraham these past few days. He was perhaps my first inspiration to hear the voice of the Lord God and step out on His Word alone. It was the increasing revelation of Who God is to him that captured my attention. First, He presented Himself as "Lord God", indicating personal relationship with Abram. He wasn't just "God", the Creator, He was Lord, and Abram knew Him as Lord. Next, He came as Abrams' "Shield" with a promise of protection, as well as reward. Then, He showed up as "God Almighty" and changed everything.

"God Almighty" is the One with Whom all things are possible. 

Each new facet of God revealed to us provides grace for the path on which we walk and courage for the moments in which we are walking. It was His grace that enabled Abraham to believe God, that he would father a son at the ripe old age of 100. Sarahs' courage bubbled up, with a giggle, at the thought that she would have pleasure in her old age. Suddenly, the reality of the question, "Is anything too difficult for the Lord?" almost takes your breath away.

"No, my Lord, nothing is too difficult for You."

Just the realization makes me giggle!! (Again and Again!)

Of course, there is favor and responsibility that come in those moments of revelation. In the same way that God, our Shield, came with knowledge of an exceedingly great reward, God Almighty came with a directive, "Walk before Me, and be blameless."

As our Shield, He protects us in the battles and allows us to take the spoils. As God Almighty, He demonstrates His ability to accomplish all things. Amazingly enough, He requires our cooperation. Nothing is too difficult for God. That is true. And yet, He limits Himself to our humanity - or rather - our willingness to release our humanity and come to a place that we no longer know any man in the flesh ~ especially ourselves.

Genesis 18:19, the Lord says, "I have chosen him (Abraham), so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him." In John 15:16, Jesus says, "You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it to you."

The Lord chooses us, not only that His plans and purposes will be accomplished, but for the express purpose that our desires will be fulfilled. For Abraham and Sarah it was a son. For God, it was a nation to call His own.

What is it for you? 

Whatever you ask of the Father, in His Name, He will give it to you. 

What does His heart long for, that can only be accomplish by fulfilling your desire

From earths' perspective it may all look impossible. But, I promise you, God Almighty, has paved the way. Take your seat with Jesus and enjoy the ride...

With His Heart,

"Then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of many nations; 
kings of peoples will come from her."
Genesis 17:16

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