The highlight of the year in Student Ministries at our church. At least in my eldest son’s eyes. Usually in July. An amazing ministry opportunity for him. One he’s been on for 2 years. LOCATION: FLORIDA.
Belle Glade: Florida. Wedding Anniversary: Virginia
at the SAME time! This was NOT the plan!!
What helped us be able to accept the conflict in dates and help Nathan accept it also?
- We KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is sovereign. The Belle Glade date change took everyone else by surprise, but not God.
- We KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt that God works everything for good purposes in our lives (Romans 8:28).
- We KNOW that God is concerned about conforming our character to His likeness (Romans 8:29), and that internal character is most important to God.
- We KNOW that we need to trust God even when we don’t understand He does what He does. (Hebrews 11:6)
- We KNOW God answers prayer, so we asked several people to pray for Nathan to be receptive to news he didn’t want to hear.
WHAT A JOY TO WITNESS GOD AT WORK!!
NO, He didn’t work a miracle and make a way for Nathan to attend both the anniversary celebration and the Belle Glade trip. (although we have some great friends who tried all avenues to make that possible, which was a huge blessing!)
NO, He didn’t work things out as we planned. (we expected the Belle Glade dates to follow the routine of the past 3 years, which is why we planned the anniversary celebration when we did.)
BUT He DID
- answer prayer. Nathan’s response was so beautiful it brought me to tears.
- assure us we have some great friends, support and love here in Florida
- allow us (even Nathan) a chance to put our beliefs into action
There were tears. 😦 There were questions. But Nathan’s ultimate response, through his tears, was
“I love Belle Glade, but I love BB & Grandmommy more.”
That attitude allowed Nathan to submit to a super tough choice. It’s the same attitude Jesus had in the Garden, when He didn’t FEEL like going to the cross. Submitting isn’t Nathan’s strength. 🙂 But watching God work in Nathan’s heart really was a beautiful thing to see. He’s growing up – physically and spiritually. It was a wonderful Mommy Moment to witness.
It’s exactly where God wants me in my relationship with HIM. “I love ___, but I love God more,”
and I’m challenged.
What about you? Do you have any situations you can share where you’ve seen God work, especially in a tough conflict? Can’t wait to hear! 🙂