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Rest & Family

February 11, 2011

In the last two years since Lionel has been working full time with Giving Anonymously, four different times when we have been under the stress of growth, we have had something similar happen. Each of those times we had a previously scheduled time to get away with family and rest right as it seemed as though GA could go under for a variety of reasons beyond our control.

Each time the chance to get away was given as a gift to us and each time we wrestled and wondered again if it was downright foolish to leave.

We learned something, though. It became not only a reminder to prioritize some of the most important things in life (family, friends, health) – but the times away also came as timely reminders that we were not in control, God was. It helped us to also reprioritize trust and relinquishment in our hearts and bodies. (Not to mention feeling so grateful for our generous family and friends who used airline miles, their homes, their time and kindness to help us get away and rest.)

We sent off our petition to the government last Saturday February 5th. We sent our letter and took big gulps, not having any clue if after we came back from being with Lionel’s family we would even have Giving Anonymously to still run.

We have heard back from them that they are presently reviewing our proposal, so we would still really appreciate your prayers.

Meantime we are soaking up family time. Lionel and I have not been back to his homeland in eleven years and it is the first time the kids have ever been here or met this whole side of their family. Lionel’s folks have flown us out here and have been hosting us and helping us enjoy family and some much-needed perspective.

I was walking along the ocean and watching families with children bending and reaching, collecting and comparing their beautiful finds of Kiwi shells and stones. One young couple was knelt over looking through the sand for a specific one.

All of us were being buffeted by the waves and the pull and tug of the tides, trying to keep our balance. As I was keeping my eyes open for the famous rainbow colours of one beautiful conch, I realized that God’s goodness is a lot like those shells. We may all feel the the waves and worries and stress, but the sand of our lives is strewn with evidence of God’s beauty and goodness. It is there for us all to see and find – we often just have to make the time to look for it and see it for what it is.

God does ask us to follow hard after Him with obedience and trust and it can be anything but easy – but he is also the God who created and is committed to rest. He is the sabbath God. And His goodness is innumerable as the shells on the world’s ocean shores.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2011 1:49 am

    I like this post, those pictures, and the people! Enjoy, and have some hokey pokey ice cream for me.

  2. Kirsty permalink
    February 11, 2011 2:52 am

    New Zealand is gloriously beautiful and the perfect place to rest and gain perspective. Wonderful message Misha. 🙂

  3. Alli Houtsma permalink
    February 11, 2011 4:40 am

    Hmmmm….just more goodness from the Thompsons.

  4. February 14, 2011 12:51 am

    Great pics of the Thompsons and the Grandparents in NZ – Have a wonderful time and let God take care of GA as you have done before – do the possible and leave the rest to Him…… peace and enjoy yourselves….

    Steve and Marie

  5. svea permalink
    February 21, 2011 5:15 am

    love the pics…missing you though, praying for sweet restful refreshing in it all.

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