I’m joining in slightly late this month, but it’s time to look back over the last month (or, in this case, two months) with Share Four Somethings.
As spring transitions into summer, one of the things I have loved the most is the opportunity for residential trips in a way that has been impossible for the last two years.
At the start of May, our church had a weekend away, and it was wonderful to spend so much quality in-person time together. It was also lots of fun, and I am so grateful once again that I said “yes” to the adventure of being part of this church plant!
Last week, I also got to be part of a training week for young people on the beautiful island of Arran.
It’s always an intense and busy week, but there is real transformation in the young people as they dig into the Bible together as well as learning about leadership and putting it into action by taking on practical tasks. It’s the kind of thing you can never replicate on Zoom (though we tried our best over the last two years) so it was amazing to be back doing it properly.
God knows what he’s doing!
Obviously I already knew that, but it can be easy to forget when you can’t make sense of your circumstances.
When I arrived at the training week, I wondered why I had been given the particular set of young people in my group. It didn’t make sense for various reasons.
But, halfway through the week, it became clear that I had been put in that position “for such a time as this” so to speak. I can’t share all the details, but a situation arose where I knew I was equipped to be the right person to handle it and it was also an obvious answer to prayer. The leader who had allocated the groups later reflected that she knew that it didn’t make sense to put me with that group but she somehow felt it was the right thing to do.
As I reflected in my Five Minute Friday post, God is often working even when we are unaware.
Something Braved/ Saved
The house issues I mentioned in April continue. I can’t believe the amount of time and effort it has taken to try to resolve things and I still don’t feel much further forward.
However, something I saved this month is a quote by Charles Spurgeon which a friend shared with me. It’s a helpful reminder that these struggles won’t last forever.
“Don’t you know that day dawns after night, showers displace drought, and spring and summer follow winter? Then, have hope! Hope forever, for God will not fail you!”
This is always the hardest category for me!
However, I suppose something I have achieved this month is that I’ve reached an 800 day streak for learning German on Duolingo!
I hadn’t travelled abroad for ten years, and 2020 was meant to be the year, with trips to both Austria and Germany planned, so I began learning German in preparation thinking it would be good to know the basics. As you can guess, these trips didn’t work out, but I kept going with the German hoping I might get there one day.
I’m hoping the Austria trip is finally going to happen this September, so I’m excited to see how much I understand when I put all my learning into practice!
What about you? How have May and June been for you? Feel free to share a highlight or prayer request in the comments.
PS – Apologies that my posting has been a bit sporadic lately. Life has been a bit busy/ overwhelming lately (in a mixture of good and not-so-good ways). I hope to get back to posting more regularly at some point soon.