Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Tsunamis of our lives…

Big Surf in Kona this winter

The tsuamis of our lives cause us to take our eyes off ourselves and look to you, God. In the uncertainty, amidst the storm and shaking, we are forced to cry out to the Unshakeable One. Psalm 46 v. 1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea v. 10 Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. All is being shaken so that our only foundation will be on God alone.”

I found these thoughts scribbled on a notebook in my purse, written in March during a prayer time we had at our church in Hawaii on the Sunday after the tsunami hit Kona’s shore.

As we prayed for those effected by the earthquake and tsunamis, God was speaking to me about how the shaking times in my own life have caused me to draw closer to him. Little did I know that in less than a week, we would be experiencing a small tsunami in our lives as Ralph would enter the hospital and our life and plans would be turned upside down.

It was comforting to find these notes and know that God was preparing my heart for all we would be walking through with Ralph’s health. Right now, we are still finding this true that God is so near, closer than ever amidst this storm and we are finding rest in Him.

Back on the East Coast

between suitcases in Kona...

...and after the long flight in Maryland

An almost 14 hour plane trip took us back from sunny Kona to the spring hills of Maryland. We are staying with Deb’s parents until Easter, and then move to Lancaster until June 1st.

Our Missionary Support Team is organizing some meals for us while we are in Lancaster for 5 weeks, you can visit this link (ask us for the password) if you would like to participate. We would love to have you over so we can visit (but you don’t have to bring a meal along…)

My health has been better just before the flight (which by God’s grace gave me enough energy to get everything ready and packed), but has been worse again since the weekend. The kids had a tough time with the jet-lag, love the new toys and of course the grandparents, but also feel the transition a lot.