Monday Musings 05/04/11
What a terrific week we have had at our annual global worker retreat here in Kenya!
I must admit that a few days before the retreat, the thought of packing, getting on a plane spending five days in sessions and workshops was not a top priority. However, now that we are here and our time together is coming to a close, MJ and I now realize just how much we needed these days.
The last three months of adjustment to a new culture, renovations of a home and leadership center and the sudden death of Rob Hall, had taken its toll on us. These days of retreat have allowed us to pause, work through the events of this first quarter of 2011 and be refreshed through friendships and times of worship and the teaching of God’s Word.
Two nights ago our group of global workers from across the entire continent of Africa were invited to sing a song that talks about the fact that God gives and He takes away. During the song I could not help but say to God that I did not understand why Rob had to be taken from us so prematurely. I no sooner had thought it when I heard our guest speaker speak into the microphone and say: “you may not understand it all but you must trust God”. Well one might call that coincidence but I choose to believe that God used it to answer my question.
From the human perspective, the events of the last month are hard to understand. But there comes a point that we must move beyond human perspective and trust God’s plans and purposes.
MJ and I fly back to Nairobi on Wednesday where we will be picked up and taken to speak at a three day pastor’s conference. We will leave here refreshed and with a sense that we are sure glad we came.
Until next Monday…
Taking risks for Kingdom impact!