Wednesday, March 10, 2010

What God's Teaching me

I've been good about telling you all the experiences God has been so good to give me, but I guess I haven't given much detail to what God has been teaching me. So here goes (I'll try not to be too wordy:) I am so thankful to be here in Spain, truly, but it has not been without challenges. I've only been here for a week, but it seems like longer because essentially I am in a completely different world. I'm not teaching yet (that starts Monday),so I have been observing. I've never minded that, but it's different this time. I observe classes, so I don't know the students that well. But it's not like I can just go home to my family or hang out with my friends, I have to start anew there too. Now I have moved plenty of times, but never by myself (yes I know this is only temporary, I think, but it's like a move at the moment). And Merry has been a huge blessing to me (the lady I am living with), but I've definitely had moments where I miss everyone (usually at night). Even today, instead of going for a walk after school, I came home to just spend time in prayer and in God's word because I know I needed it. And I read through the book of Ruth, my Dad's favorite and my middle name. I love that book, God has already used it a lot in my life, and He brought it to mind to read again today. I did and was just encouraged with seeing the sovereignty of God (oh and also something that I have been struggling with is the future because I don't know what God wants me to do, and that's been on my mind a lot too). Ruth clung to what God wanted her to do, and God continued to direct her as she did. She left her home permanently, and probably thought her future would simply entail being Naomi's companion, but God in His goodness had a different plan. (If you don't know the story of Ruth, you should definitely read it! Its only 4 chapters anyway). At the end, when Ruth and Boaz were married and had a son, the people's response was "Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may His name be renowned in Israel!" The people saw that the blessings Ruth and Boaz had were most definitely from God. That's the kind of life I want to lead, that people can clearl see the work of God, that all the praise really does go to Him. And guess what? I am a child of God just like Ruth was, so I can trust He will lead me. Now at the moment, I don't know what that is, and it does scare me at times, but if I keep the truths of God in my heart and mind, it's not scary I just have to remember who my Father is, and one day at a time, He's helping me lean more on and in Him.

1 comment:

  1. Amen Hannah! Although I have my friend Abby here, I can definitely relate to that whole "newness" and feeling the miles from friends and family. But it's quite the adventure, and the blessings I've already received are innumerable! I have to keep my eyes on Christ and the knowledge that Guam is exactly where He wants me, for He guides my steps :) I'm praying for you, and just remember: God directs our steps when we're MOVING! Keep moving :) He'll lead.