You know you are following the Lord’s will when you meet resistance from the enemy.
Last week, as explained in my previous blog, I cancelled the Uganda leg of our LOVE Africa trip next May, and I was surprisingly at peace with the decision. I didn’t throw a temper tantrum with Jesus, or let my emotions get the best of me, and I think this made the devil mad, because he has been attacking ever since.
Wednesday and Thursday of last week were spent cooking and preparing for our Thanksgiving meal. Because my mom recently had knee replacement surgery, my sister Erin and I were in charge of doing it all. And we’d never done ANY of it before! It all turned out to be really yummy, but it was a lot of work, and long hours in the kitchen.
Before we sat down to eat Thursday afternoon, I went outside to my car to grab my camera to take some photos of the table setting that my mother had so beautifully decorated, and didn’t see my camera bag. I walked back into the house thinking maybe I hadn’t packed it, or maybe it was already inside, and didn’t really think about it again. We sat down and ate and enjoyed our meal together as a family (Bill & Erin were able to come to Thanksgiving for the first time in years!), and soon everyone was dispersed to their separate comfy spots in the house for their post-turkey nap.
It was at this point that I realized that I had in fact packed my camera, and knew that I couldn’t sleep until I went outside to check my car again. I immediately opened the door to look for my wallet, and when I opened my wallet, both of my debit cards (including the one I use specifically for mission trips) and about $50 in cash were missing. At this point, I knew my camera bag had also been stolen – lenses, flashes, cards and all. I ran inside to tell my family and my Mom immediately called the police. The next hour or so was frustratingly spent trying to get a hold of my banks (of course they were closed, it being Thanksgiving and all, but none of the 800 numbers worked either!). Minutes later, as the cop was dusting my car for fingerprints, I sat down in the middle of the driveway, wondering what I could have done differently.
Thankfully, we were able to cancel my debit cards with very little damage done. Seeing as how almost everything was closed for the day, they were not able to purchase much. The pawn shops have also been notified to look for my camera bag, but I’m not putting too much hope into that.
Much to my surprise, Thanksgiving Day proved that the enemy is doing everything he can to keep me from following Jesus to Africa. He could have easily spent all of the money that I have worked so hard to raise for my trip, had God not given me grace in those moments. He has taken my camera, which is my primary form of fundraising. And yet, I’m still going. The enemy has not won, nor will he win. God is still in control, and He is still providing, just as He always will. And that, is all that I need to be thankful.
“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is Your kingdom. We adore You as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from You alone, for You rule over everything. Power and might are in Your hand, and at Your discretion people are made great and given strength. O our God, we thank You and praise Your glorious name!” 1 Chronicles 29:11-13