Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Making Plans

"In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps."  -Proverbs 16:9

As I was about the write this post this verse came into my mind.  I want to share about a meeting I had yesterday with our 'Ntokozo team' as I am going to now start calling us.  We have begun to meet with a group of women who all have a heart for Ntokozo and want to minister to her: the foster mom of Jacob, her son, and two of the women with Baby Safe, the ministry that found Ntokozo and brought her to us.  As things have gotten more tense in the past weeks, they decided to bring us together to make a plan on how we can together best care for Ntokozo.  We spoke about all the problems, the issues, possible solutions, and how we want to move forward.  We prayed and committed this girl and ourselves once again to the plan and vision the Lord has for her life.  We really believe God will make some movement in this week and  just want to see miraculous works that only He could do.

A couple things really hit me in our time.  One, Bethany, one of the women working with Ntokozo, was speaking so much life into the situation and sharing how much she believes God is going to do incredible things in Ntokozo and how we are not going to experience struggle and strife the WHOLE time we have her in our home.  It was like a refreshing drink and I was parched.  A great reminder that God wants Ntokozo to THRIVE in life, not just survive.  Also, she spoke about how thankful God is for our sacrifice and all the pain we have experienced for the sake of Christ.  She reminded us that it was all seen by God and beautiful in the eyes of Jesus.  Just great things to remember.

I am so grateful that we have a team of people believing and partnering with us in our hope to love and see healing in Ntokozo's life.  But the verse I began this post with reminds me that no matter how great our plans may be, God will be determining this path and all that is going to unfold.  We can't expect our own ways to come to fruition, but we can be expectant and hopeful believing HE WILL SHOW UP.  I know He will.

Sometimes God wants us to have faith where we cannot see and believe things into reality.  Where in your life are you praying in faith and risking even though it seems impossible?


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