Trip Start Nov 02, 2012
16Trip End Nov 09, 2012
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I write you Wednesday morning as Tuesday proved to be our longest day so far. We awoke at 6am to eat and pack up for the day that lay ahead. Travel to the clinic was once again adventurous but uneventful. (We Americans are starting to see that our "adventurous" is their mundane.) We arrived at the clinic to the sight of the previous day's patient sitting in the hallway with their blue patches. There is an event which happens every morning on these eye trips that can't really be described to those not seeing it first hand... As the patches come off, a world of sight is opened. Broad smiles break into jubilant speech with fingers pointing in all directions to the things seen which were unseen before.
My own vision was greatly obscured by the flood of tears recounting God' faithfulness in the outcomes of the previous day and God's faithfulness in bringing me to this place after three years of searching and longing for an opportunity to learn this new technique
The experience brought to mind II Cor 9:12 “For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.”
I pray (we pray) that the ministry of service here would do that very thing--overflow many thanksgivings to God.
We face wednesday with the challenge of Hebrews 12.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. (Hebrews 12:1-4 ESV)
I pray that we would run with endurance today, fixing our eyes on Jesus. Our bodies are sore, our emotions drained, but our spirits are sustained looking Him. The end goal is far greater than any momentary earthly comfort that may come with giving up or giving in. But the best part is...
"it is God who works in you both to will and to work for His good pleasure." (Phil 2:13)