Often the call of God can be uncomfortable, challenging and hectic at times. Our family has been through a lot of changes in the past 8 weeks as we seek to follow God and where He is leading us. Adjusting to new jobs, a new home, the boys a new school, and all that comes with moving to a new state can at times have your head spinning a bit. We have had lot of work to do on our house. Visiting a new church, and developing relationships in a place where no one really knows us is also a challenge we are not used to. It reminds me of Luke chapter 2 and the journey of Mary and Joseph-- and while our journey to Michigan is no comparison to theirs, the story has had some new meaning to us this season. I am sure during Mary and Joseph's calling, some didn’t understand, even scratched their head. There definitely were moments of questioning, moments of inadequacy, and just simply moments where they were not sure where to go or what to do next. Those things I get. What I don’t relate to is a virgin birth, a visit from angels, dealing with a first century census challenge, the journey on a donkey and settling in for the birth of the Messiah in a barn/cave because no one had room for them to bring the Him into the world. Not to mention a visit from several complete strangers and a host of angels all underneath a blazing star once he was born (WOW!). The responsibility of caring for and raising the Messiah of the world had to be overwhelming, but with all of that we see Mary had peace.
There are two verses that really strike me from Luke's account of the birth of the Messiah in chapter 2. Verse 19 says, “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” She did what? Later in the chapter after they had moved away to Egypt to escape the wrath of a jealous human king, and then went back to Jerusalem for the holidays, in the crowds of people they couldn’t find Jesus. While He was at the temple talking with leaders and priests they were searching frantically. After all that, again verse 51b says, “But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.”
Wow! How in the chaos, pressure and change was she able to find time to ponder, to treasure. But isn't that an important part of walking with God? Reflecting and treasuring our chance to be in a relationship with Him is vital! John 1:14 reminds us that “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” He is with us in all of our chaos, whether self inflicted or simply on the path of our journey. And no matter how busy, or how challenging things get, we all must find time to stop and ponder/treasure the blessings He gives. During this time of year many feel lonely, stressed and may even feel like they can’t find Jesus. But remember what He shared with His parents, “why are you searching, don’t you know I must be in my Father's house?” In the Scriptures He reminds us often He is with His Father on our behalf, providing grace and truth for us through His spirit. As I ponder this season, our family has so many things to treasure and be thankful for, from friends and family back in Indiana to all the new blessings happening here in Michigan! We look forward to a new year, and a chance to journey with the “God of peace” and see what He has in store. The opportunity for ministry before us is tremendous! It's my prayer that we will take time to treasure each other, all He is and all He is doing.
In His service,
The Wallace family
FSI Happenings, Goals and Prayer needs here in Michigan:
We are extremely thankful for those who have partnered with us so far financially. We have a ways to go to reach our goal but we are off to a good start.
We have made good connections here in Grand Rapids for future ministry opportunities with students!
Connecting with Mack Avenue Mission in Detroit to discuss trips with Cornerstone students in the spring.
Meetings with Baseball and Womens Soccer in the new year for potential overseas trips in the 2018-19 school year.
Matt is meeting with a group of students in January to begin a Bible Study.
Again our goal is to disciple college students and help them find their role in the church. This generation of believers are tomorrow's church leaders and they are faced with a crazy world to steer through. Students at a Christian college often come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are very open to spiritual growth. We desire to build relationships with students, and mentor and lead as we strive to challenge them to develop a Scripture based Christian worldview and a heart for missions.