Lissie Joy doesn’t remember hot dogs or recognize M&Ms. The Littles think pancakes are supposed to come with ice cream on top. It is now normal to analyze red sauce to determine whether it is ketchup or spicy chili sauce. We say ‘Pagi, Pak’ automatically instead of ‘Good Morning’. And bacon is a treat like no other (I don’t know if that is actually different from the USA, though!)
Just one year ago, we landed on the giant island of Java. I still recall the five-hour-plus drive from the airport looking at traffic, homes smoonched together, mountains and more mountains, terraced rice fields, and kites in the sky. The girls were exhausted and curious about this new place. Michael and I were exhausted, too. So many questions, excitement, and, honestly, fear. What had we done? Moving to the other side of the globe with four kids? No family? What if something happened?
Something DID happen.
We obeyed His leading and found a home unlike any other. We trusted Him to provide for all our needs-and He continues to do so. We have had broken hearts and spirits, but He has healed them. We have created a new kind of family in this community of strangers. We have found joy in the teeniest instances. We have lived in gratitude for things we previously took for granted. We have depended on Him because there was no other way to live.
Sustain. He will sustain you. Isaiah 46:4
I recall someone asking me how we were doing about three months into this new life. My response was that Michael and I both knew without a shadow of a doubt we were supposed to be in this place to be His hands and feet. That knowledge has seen us through ups and downs we could have never foreseen. The only way to prepare is to seek Him consistently and trust His way more than ours. He has sustained us in this journey and I know He will continue to do so, because we are His.