Archive for November, 2008

Present

This semester has gone by so fast. And I can barely believe that we have about 6 weeks left to the semester. I haven’t ever felt like I have run so hard, but at the same time… loved every minute of it. I get to spend my days: meeting up with women, co-leading an upper-class student leadership group, and getting to be in the Word with small groups (which in one case recently is an Investigative bible study with some students!), and organizing fun trips.

I remember in college, I felt like I was being pulled in two different directions with studies and ministry related things. And recently, I realized that this is why I am loving where God has me right now. I get to be focused and be single-minded about something. And being able to give all my attention to it without having to change gears is … refreshing. Last year one of my biggest struggles was seeing this as a ‘job’ rather than a ‘joy’ and though I still think the enemy tries to rob me of JOY, I find that the bigger question this year has been about trusting God about the future. Over the summer when I was in Russia, one of the biggest lessons that He taught me was, how He is a God who has all of our lives set in his hands, He is Potter and I am the clay. John 14:1-6 is the verse that I come back to again and again.

Jesus starts off by saying (v.1) “Do not let your hearts be troubled, trust in God, trust also in me.” – in essence saying ‘don’t worry about thing, like the past’ (two days before I read this I had found out that my car had disappeared while I was in Russia :P) .

Then he says (v.2) “in my Father’s house there are many rooms; if it were not so, i would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” – here He basically says ‘I got your future with me set,’ and then it goes on and He says I will go ahead of you but come back to take you to be with me.

Then Thomas response is something I find myself doing all the time. (v.5) ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ – Translation: ‘Can’t you tell me now?!!!’, ‘where I will go or how I will even get there?’ – I can think this way about my future plans, my relationships or even ministry.

BUT for the first time, I noticed how perfect Jesus’ response was to this question.

Jesus says here (v.6) ‘I am the way, the truth, and the Life…‘ – it spoke to my heart this summer, saying ‘Diana, I AM your direction, your reality, and everything you need on this side of heaven.’ I realized then, that Jesus wanted to be my ‘Present Tense’ answer to my ‘present’ needs. He is I AM. And I found that with the situation with my car this summer He was faithful and it was found in the safest place it could have been in Phoenix (a car in-pound). And the even cooler thing was He paid the way, so it didn’t cost me a cent. 🙂 PG!

Now I am learning how to believe this to be true about my present situations, and I find myself running to His feet more than I think I ever have in my life, because there is so much more to carry on my load this semester, and sometimes even what the future holds is an afterthought.

Also for the first time in my life, I am able to understand a little better what Paul meant when He said

“But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering… I am glad and rejoice with all of you.” – Philip. 2:17

This year has been a JOY, and I love being spent for the things God has me doing right now. Thank you for all your prayers.

I COVET YOUR PRAYERS

1) This Friday -Monday Nov. 7-10th heading down to Puerto Penasco, Mexico with 130 students from ASU & U of A for a service trip.

2) This Road Rally Trip: protection/safety for the weekend; Wisdom as I help co-lead with a sister from ASU, For the people going and the people in Mexico to experience the power of the Gospel

3) For Thursdays at 4pm – Investigative Bible study in the dorm – That those that come will hear and combine what they hear with Faith. Wisdom for those that lead it.

Here are some pictures of some of the girls I meet with at a birthday party and for Halloween. 😉 – Sorry there have been so few. I haven’t had a functional camera all semester.