Truly the Lord perfected so much for us as we faced each challenge of leaving one country/continent and moving to another, from the moment we left our home till we arrived in Asuncion, Paraguay. The Lord had given Peter the scripture - Isaiah 55v12 for our road journey south:
"You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands."
Peter had been wondering what 'the mountains and hills bursting into song' might look like. As we drove, we saw a beautiful rainbow bursting out of a hill!...
The Lord brought a pastor friend to Peter’s mind, and after a last minute call, it was arranged that we could use his youth hall! I was spared public embarrassment! A big thank you for your part in helping us, Pastor Jon in Florida, as we took over your hall, and decorated it with suitcases etc, and left you with random items to find homes for!!
Having left our home and car, the focus for the next few days which turned into weeks and even months was to replace these practical necessities of life. The daily hunt began, with several journeys of different natures, some with our Paraguayan pastor friends, some by taxi, some by bus and when we were able we rented a car. But to no avail. We saw a few very nice houses and cars, but there was always a catch, and a very clear lack of God’s peace in our hearts. Do we just ignore His leading, and be ‘practical’, or do we fly in the face of pressure and pursue the Lord’s plan for us here? Yes, as the days went by the frustration grew, not to mention the challenge to all of us naturally as we live falling over suitcases, sleeping in one room, and having one small living area for us to dwell together in harmony. But is this truly about our needs, as surely God Almighty is not short of houses and cars, owning the cattle on a thousand hills!
In times of trial, we always seek the Lord more fervently and with more devotion, and so that is what we have done. Around our all purpose table, we sit and read the Word together, sharing scriptures that the Lord is feeding us with daily, praying and encouraging ourselves. Flesh is dying (natural desires), as we are returned to the Potter's wheel. We are learning that apparently this journey is not about us!