|Bathing in the Amazon, an almost daily occurrence here where we live.|
We've been living in anticipation of change for quite some time. Gabriella will be starting college in the fall and that alone will disrupt our normal daily dynamics. Recently we also learned about some changes coming to the aviation base where Josh works in Manaus. The base will be closing aviation operations and are looking at several other options for a new location. We've been officially asked by Asas de Socorro to move to Porto Velho, an Amazonian town in another state.
For a number of reasons we feel like we need to seriously consider whether we will make another move in Brazil, or possibly do something altogether different. In the midst of all this, we are planning our 6 month furlough which will begin in June. Focusing on the day to day can sometimes be difficult when the future is so unclear. The sentiments of the verse “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble" (Mt. 6:34) has become increasingly familiar. And what comes off as a simple command "do not be anxious about tomorrow" often becomes a moment by moment struggle.
Sometimes our needs seem overwhelming. As He has always done, God is already working behind the scenes, providing just enough to assure us that He is in control and has a plan. We have already been offered the use of 2 cars and a house during our stay in Tremont from June - Dec. and Gabriella received sufficient financial aid to make Greenville College attainable.
While our future is still up in the air, we are working through moments that seem to waiver from completely trusting in God's timing and plan, to having to talk ourselves down from freaking out over the lack of answers about our future.
Last time we were in a similar situation (7 years ago), God stepped in and revealed Himself in a miraculous way (read about it here), in spite of my lack of faith (Josh talking here). If we get the chance to spend some time with you over the next 6 months (and we hope we do!). Pardon us if our eyes glaze over when asked about our future. Or who knows, maybe by then we will have an awesome story to tell about how God showed up when and where least expected!