I’m writing this from my warm, GA-residence bed knowing that while you are reading this, I’m in southeast Asia.
I just wanted to let you know that all is (probably) going amazingly well (although, writing this, I’m not actually there yet, so I can’t say for sure). I wanted to remind you to keep praying fervently for us and the kids. I want to personally thank you for the prayers you have piled up on our behalf before the Lord. Words can’t adequately express my gratitude. You are doing more than you know.
Before I left for Asia (man, it’s so weird writing from the future. Or the past. Whatever. I’m so confused), there were two very clear verses that I felt pertained specifically to this trip.
The first, is Exodus 33:17-23:
“The Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing of which you have spoken; for you have found favor in My sight and I have known you by name.”
Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!”
And He said, “ I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.”
But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!”
Then the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock; and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen.”” NASB
The prayer of Moses here has been my prayer for this trip and for southeast Asia as a whole. I pray that the Lord would show us His glory. That He alone would be glorified; that we’d see Him in everything from our worship, to our prayers, to our service, to our fellowship. That just like Moses, we would get even just a glimpse of the depth, and breadth, and height, and width of the glory, holiness, sovereignty, and love of the Lord.
The second verse is Ephesians 1:17-19:
“. . .that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might. . .”
I actually woke up one morning before we left with this verse on my mind, although I couldn’t put my finger on why I was thinking about it (*cough* Holy Spirit) or even where it was in Scripture (thank you Google).
First, it talks about God being the Father of glory, which is the same theme echoed in Exodus 33. I hunger to see His glory and see His glory revealed to the nations, specifically India. I also hunger for His spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. For myself. For our team. For the kids. For India. For southeast Asia. For the world. For you.
That the eyes of our heart. . .
Can we just take a minute and sit with that language? That we wouldn’t just know it in our minds, or see it with our eyes, or even just feel it with our hearts, but that the vision of our hearts would be aware and opened to His calling, riches of His glory, inheritance of the saints, and the greatness of His power.
Calling. Glory. Inheritance. Power.
Yes and Amen.
Thank you for your prayers! Keep them coming! I can’t wait to tell you all about the glory of the Lord in India when I get back. Hopefully, I won’t be the same.
Love you all!