God is faithful.
While I was sitting in a pew of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albany, MN on Wednesday evening, I was overwhelmed by the faithfulness of God. I pictured in my mind the Sunday morning eight years ago when I stood in front of the same church to tell the congregation that I was going to be leaving for the Dominican Republic for an undetermined amount of time, that I had left my job as a high school math teacher, and that I was going because I felt God was calling me to do so. No, I wasn't exactly sure how things were going to work out, but I was sure that since God was leading me to do this, God would take care of me.
Pastor Brad Pearson, my family, friends, childhood Sunday School teachers and other brothers and sisters in Christ whom I have known as long as I can remember attending church came forward to lay hands on me in prayer and send me off. It was a special moment that I will never forget
I'm sure not everyone in the church that Sunday thought my decision was a wise or good one. I remember being asked a few times, "How will you survive?" It took all the courage I could find and a little more which the Holy Spirit provided in just the right moments to get me on that airplane. I was determined to trust in the goodness of God and believe in His promises.
A verse I remember clinging to during those months leading up to my departure was, Romans 10:11, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame."
Now, eight years later, I can testify that God is good and He is faithful to keep His promises. He has provided for me in every single way these past eight years - from finances to friends, a husband, two beautiful baby boys, health and safety, meaningful life and fruitful ministry, to name a few. Have there been hard times? YES and YES! But, in a second's glance, I can see how God was present and faithful even in those difficult moments.
It's clear to me now - may I remember the next time things get tough and aren't going the way I think they should be going, that God is faithful, and He can be trusted every time.