Dobre den! What a full week! To start, God is good. God also answers prayers! It’s crazy to think that we serve a God who listens and answers. There are times in life when we pray, pray, pray and struggle to see any results of our fervent (feverish at times) prayers. This week has been an amazing overflowing of those back-logged prayers that have been offered up. Sunday morning, Pastor Mark’s sermon was “Prepare to be surprised”. This subject can be disappointingly mundane without prayer and willingness to allow the Holy Spirit to guide your heart and steps. Little did we know that this sermon would be one of the stepping stones God would use to bring us into that place of being ready to “expect the unexpected” in our lives. Before we left home, one of the things we had been asking God for was opportunities to minister to the Deaf community here in Ukraine. Since Daniel is a CODA (child of Deaf adults) and we are both interpreters, it is highly unusual that we don’t find Deaf people almost everywhere we go, thanks to our Deaf radars! Long story short, a mere hour after asking God to bring Deaf people into our path,we ended up meeting two groups of three Deafies that we chatted with! The first group ended up inviting us to come to their church and eat lunch with them afterwards with some of their friends. Guess where we were today?? Experiencing Gods answer to our prayers in a church with a priest who signed, a CODA interpreter and a Deaf individual who also helped interpret for the congregational responses with about 30 Deaf. If that’s not awesome, I will officially retire that word from my vocabulary! We went to lunch with 7 people from the congregation and got to know them and learn their life stories. What an awesome privilege! To think that it all started with a simple prayer that turned into an opportunity, that produced relationships with REAL humans. God is good! How many times in our lives do we give up, thinking that God is too busy to listen to our tiny little prayers, when in reality He has already gone before us (Jehovah Jireh- my provider) and prepared the way.
We want to encourage you today with this: Never give up on God, because he definitely has not given up on you. If you have prayed for something to happen for years and years-DO NOT GIVE UP!!!! Mom with a son or daughter who isn’t living for Christ-NEVER GIVE UP! Student who has no idea how to even start paying off those college loans-DON’T GIVE UP!!! Who ever you are, what ever your situation is, know that God hears you! Keep praying. Your answer may be just around the corner. 2 Timothy 2:13 says – “If we are faithless, God remains faithful, for He cannot disown himself.” Even when you feel like the only thing you’re doing is treading water, keep kicking! In John 16:23-24 it says; “Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” So, Rejoice! God is good and his mercies are new every morning. Great is HIS faithfulness!! Everyday we have something we can find joy in. Some days it’s easier to point out than others, but it is always there! Go ahead and Thank God ahead of time for answered prayers and prep yourself for the joy you will experience when it’s found.
Blessings in Christ,