And what is to come? Well, as we surrender, we experience a certain amount of Anticipation. Both of us are spending less time worrying about tomorrow and more time living in today, and as we do so, we see new opportunities unfold before our eyes. Jacob’s work is expanding in our Community Center, which is the part of our organization that facilitates volunteers and invests in our local community. It is a challenging job for him — and totally outside of his comfort zone — but it is exciting as he and his staff imagine new ways to do things and new ways to expand our influence in this place. My work is changing, too. In the coming year, I’ll be working more on development for the foster home, seeking out funding for new ventures, matching sponsoring organizations with projects, expanding our presence in the USA and Europe. It is all new territory for us, but as I imagine how differently things could look in another year, I feel great Anticipation.
It is not all easy. Every morning we try to start out with a prayer of surrender. We only have the strength for one day at a time. But as we walk out this daily surrender, we’re experiencing Pure Joy. It can be as simple as cuddling with a little baby and feeling her snuggle into my shoulder. Or listening to a child’s belly laugh when you tickle her under the chin. Or watching a girl’s face light up as she takes center stage for her birthday. Or seeing someone come to an understanding of what it means to be a follower of the only One who saves. It is all Pure Joy. Pure, inexplicable joy.
We are so blessed to be here. So thankful for this opportunity. We don’t want to take one day for granted. And we don’t want to look back someday and wonder, “What if?!”
Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your support. Thank you for your encouragement and patience when we complain and wallow in self-pity. You are dear friends; your prayers carry us through our low points, and your comments and emails often remind us how blessed we are to be here.