Unexpectancy

It is a hard and strange feeling to try and convince yourself that the person you saw just a few days ago is actually dead.

Jason Moslander and his wife with two small children have been raising support to train and go to the mission field as long term missionaries. Just a few weeks ago they told us excitedly about their plans and the logistics. Elliot was climbing all over his daddy, pulling Jason’s face and shirt as violently as a baby can and Jason tried to keep Elliots fast tongue from moving. Grace laughed at them both. Stephanie added information while holding Grace on her lap. When they showed us a video of their work and samples of the language, I felt myself excited in a way I can’t really explain. Being trained for the Psalm 67 Missions Network, I grew more excited to think about helping this family raise their support and then to keep in contact with them. I saw the Lord working in them and was enthralled. But in a sentence or two I am told this man is dead. Dead very suddenly. So that wasn’t His plans, to send this family as missionaries? The world feels like it is reeling as I try to comprehend all of this–what Stephanie is now going through, what Grace and Elliot will never have, and what plans I thought were from God have fallen apart.

This can hardly be a comforting post so far, especially as I think about the shortness of life, how fleeting and uncertain. I would have thought that if God would keep any man alive on this earth, surely it would have been Jason who had such a heart to preach His word in one of the most dangerous places. Honestly, I don’t even know what killed Jason yet. It just goes to show the uncertainty and unexpectancy of life. But we do have a comfort, even when words cannot express our sorrow. Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ.

If we did not have Christ, where would we go? If we did not have the promises of God, what would we cling to? But we can pray for our sister and be encouraged in the word. God’s plans are established before the foundation of the world. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and His ways higher than our ways. He who began a good work in us will bring it on to completion. His grace is sufficient and His mercies are new every morning.

Great is Thy faithfulness

With tears,

Electric Bubbles

Ephesians 2

And you were dead, unable to move, unable to hear, unable to respond, rotting and helpless, dead in evil and sin, the sin in which you willingly walked, chasing the course of this fading world, chasing the prince of the power of the air, the devil that is still working in the sons of disobedience.

Among them we all once lived, in the idolatrous passions of our flesh, carrying out and subject to the desires of the body and mind. And we were, when we were born, from the very beginning, by our nature, children of wrath like all the rest of mankind.

BUT the maker, keeper, King of the universe, who sees the sparrows who named every single star in every single galaxy, because he had such rich and overflowing mercy, because of his unfathomable love, he loved us! Not when we had shapened up our lives, but when we were still dead, saturated in sin, helpless to make ourselves better. He took the filthy, rotting creatures we were and make us living, moving, breathing, alive in Christ who is his perfect son.

It is by grace! And only by his amazing grace that we have been rescued. he raised us up with him and seated us in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. So that from now on, from age to age, and to all eternity, he might show us the immeasurable riches of his grace and kindness toward us, in Christ Jesus.

And know for certain, it is only by grace that you are saved and cleansed and justified, grace through faith in Jesus Christ. And this, it was not, could not, could not ever be because of something you did, an effort you made, or a thought that would make God favor you. Rather, it is completely given freely. If it came from a work or good dead, then we would have cause to boast! But it is a free gift that we received, so we cannot boast in ourselves, for the glory is only God’s.

We, who were dead and made alive, are the workmanship of God, created as new creatures in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared for us, and as a result of our rescue, we can walk in those good works. Only then will our efforts be used, our work be profitable, and our lives bear fruit.

signed

-Electric Bubbles

Plymouth Monument, Faith

Joshua 4:5-7
And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.”

We watched a video of American History by Kirk Cameron and I found it enjoyable and convicting. This was my favorite part. How many people know this monument is here, because I never knew? If ever I get the chance, I’m going to go see it!

 

signed

-Electric Bubbles

Merry Christmas!