Living in the south, one of the few things that you look forward to and panic about at the same time is snow. All joking aside we literally shut down when it’s coming, not when it’s here, but before it even gets here. Somewhere between the beginning of this past week we began to hear reports about the possibility of snow. Then as the week came to end it went from a possible to a for sure thing. The stores were mobbed for bread and milk. The kids started getting excited. The weather people began to tell us that it could range from a 2 to 4 to 8 inches. Look in South Carolina an inch is something, 4 to 8 is snowmeggedon.
So Friday finally gets here we have groceries, we watch the weather guy a dozen times, the kids keep peeking out the window, and the night goes on. As the clock ticks away it gets late the kids have to go to bed with just promises of it should be here any time. As Sara and I sit and watch a movie the time ticks on and its just rains. The hope I had of deep snow and fun with the kids is slowly getting replace by disappointment and sadness for them. I had seen this story a lot over the years. Promises of snow and then rain and mud. I was disappointed, Sara was, the kids were. We even got a tiny bit of it, like enough to almost cover the yard, but not the snowmeggedon we were hoping for. Looking at this I realized something; when we put our hope in futile things we get let down. Lets be honest here, most of us look for things to hope on and sadly we get let down over and over again. Jesus is the rock. He never changes. He is and was and is to come. God tells us to put hope in Jesus and the sacrifice made on the cross. Look at what Paul says in Colossians 3:1-4:
3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life,appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
When you belong to Jesus hope is not something that can let you down. It is a for sure thing. He never disappoints. This is also the reason we are to make disciples. We want others to have hope in the Savior. This is the reason my family goes to Africa. We go to work with a local church and help them make disciples. We want everyone everywhere to have hope and a future with Jesus.
As this new year begins we move closer to going. The middle of the year is the current time frame. We need to raise support, finish planning, pack, and a list of other things. Pray for us. Pray we raise full support. If you have not done so, please consider supporting us on our trip. Support what Jesus will do for the local church in Africa. Support real hope.
- For us to raise full support.(Dont know the exact number but it should be around$40,000)
- For the kids transition.
- For our marriage and the trials it will face.
- Patience and a reliance on God.