Thursday, March 26, 2009

If...

...if I sat down and wrote a thousand pages and pasted them between two covers and called it a book, it still wouldn't be enough to catch you up on what's happened here in the past four days.

Are some people born into messy, thrilling lives, specially hardwired and trained to cope with such drama? Or do we wander down a road less traveled and find ourselves here, destined to walk this road and live this life on account of choices?

I'm not sure. All I can say, with certainty, is I could not do this another day without a Savior who, every moment - without fail - gives me the grace to bear up under enormous things.

This is the same God who, while inclining His ear unto me, hours ago freed my friend Eddie from the Sudan People's Liberation Army. Eddie was captured and detained over the weekend while crossing from Kenya into Sudan to assist with mission humanitarian work. Apparently soldiers with the SPLA haven't been paid and are hungry and running out of water. They saw Eddie and another Christian as a bargaining chip, and captured and held them. While in custody these last few days, short on food, water, and hope, Eddie was able to tell many soldiers about Jesus. Almost 25 men called upon Him and asked Jesus to be their Savior, too. And this morning Eddie was released and driven across the border....

These past few days have been impossible. Life is hard. Life is so, so, so hard. But God is good. God is so, so, so good.

29 comments:

ChinaSue said...

If I need a moment to stop and give thanks for all I have your blog leads me to that. Even when life is hard you remind me that God is here with us. Thank you.

nmcurlygirl@aol.com
new mexico

Heidi said...

Amazing Grace

Heritage of Home said...

Amazing Wonderful God that He is! I praise God for the release of your friend Eddie! Grace! God's Grace!
I am seeing Hope, I am seeing His mercy. I love you dear sister in Christ Jesus! May His grace continue to abound in you and in all you touch!

Faye said...

WE HAVE AN AWSOM GOD.WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND THINGS SOMETIMES,BUT HE IS STILL ON THE THRON.I ENJOY YOUR BLOG.I CHECK IT EVERYDAY!HAVE A BLESSED DAY!

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

Wow. Thanks for that reminder about our wonderful Saviour and what some go through trying to tell the world about Him. Amazing.

Life At Camellia Cottage said...

God has prepared you for this amazing, messy, thrilling life, and He's gonna carry you through it! You just keep on praising Him! Becky

PS - my word verification letters below where I'm typing this is 'amori', a lot like amore, or love, and isn't that what your post was about anyway??? God's wondrous love!!! B.

kelly said...

wow! what an amazing story!! thanks for sharing.

Sue said...

Amazing love! Your love for a brother and your love for the Lord are so evident in your blog. Thank you for sharing and the reminder to each of us to give thanks no matter what the circumstances.

I Should Be Cleaning Up said...

Wow. It's nice to have reminders we don't have it as bad as we think sometimes. But pain, frustration, sadness, stress, it's all relative, but all relevant. I hear you about having a Saviour who makes it possible to bear our crosses, no matter how big or small. I don't know how people manage without Him, without hope.

And glad to hear you're coping!

Terri and Bob said...

Good heavens! How impossibly divine of our Lord to provide that opportunity to our missions people. God bless you sweet girl.

Adrienne said...

Aw, such amazing love He has for us. And I'm singing praises for His goodness to Eddie and to those who are dear to him! ~Adrienne~

Vee said...

That certainly must have been a stressful time, but in hindsight we see that the Lord was at work...and how! Praise God for Eddie's release and for his faithfulness while in captivity.

And Henrybella's? Crazy busy you are, I'm sure.

Shelley in SC said...

Oh, rats, I sure wish you had time to write that book!! I want to read that book!! Hang in there! He didn't lead you this far to leave you.

Becky K. said...

...All the time...God is Good!

Thanks for the reminder!

Rosemary said...

Only our merciful sovereign God can orchestrate the most difficult circumstances of our lives for our good and His glory. May we all be willing to be used to make Him known in the world and bring others to a saving knowledge of Him.

Thanks be to God for His work through your friend, and for his safe release!

Susan said...

How is sweet Millie doing through all your hardships, your changes and your bakery busyness ? Hope she's not too lonely. Would love to see a recent photo of her sweet chocolate face. How wonderful that Eddie was released unharmed.

~~Mikki Jo said...

Thank you for sharing this story. What an awesome God we serve!!! Stop by my blog, I'm having a Donation Drawing Giveaway. Please tell your friends. Blessings, Mikki

Sandi said...

My problems now seem so insignificant compared to your friends. God is good all the time...all the time God IS GOOD!!

AND...I want to be the first in line if you ever publish that book!
Blessings!

Jenn said...

Such love and grace in a terrible position. I am glad Eddie is free and fine, but I am also glad he was able to bring 25 men to our Lord.

Erin said...

What a powerful story.

Amazing grace is right.

wanderingbtrfly said...

Oh, I'm so, so, so happy for Eddie! Thank you for sharing. Thank you so much.

And all those men who were saved. God is there, everywhere. In the sadness and in the gracious joy. Thanks for sharing.

patientmom said...

How often it is that God uses prison situations to reach the lost...what seemed like ashes for Eddie, God has indeed turned to Beauty for His kingdom.
May God richly bless them, and send angels of protection over all who serve in dangerous situations...and may God speak peace to those who wait behind.

April said...

Wow! Isn't God amazing? I'm so grateful that your friend was released *and* able to share the gospel. Last year a friend of mine was in Zimbabwe for a mission trip when that whole election mess was going on. We prayed for a solid week for her group to be able to come home. It was definitely a tense time, but we were also so relieved and thankful when God brought them home safe.

Kim said...

What an awesome praise this morning. God is always so good.

The Chatty Housewife said...

Praise the Lord, what good news. Such a scary situation but the Lord could use it for good.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Thanks for sharing with us all! God was certainly with your friend and He is with you also! Please keep us posted on what's going on--especially Henrybellas! I'm SO excited for you! My friends and I plan a trip soon to visit Henrybellas! Hope you have some of those cupcakes and good tea!

Threeblindsheep said...

Thanks! This blog was recommended to me by a dear friend. She was right-this site is wonderful. There have been so many posts that touched me and I wanted to let you know. "IF" came at just the right time. I needed reminding that my God is good, great, and sufficient!
Blessings to you and your new career

Eloise said...

You are such an inspiration, Brin. I really admire your faith in the face of uncertainty and adversity.

I can't wait to see more pictures and hear more about Henrybella!

Grace =) said...

Oh wow! That is AMAZING! Like, book of Acts amazing! Seriously, that is what that story reminded me of.

I can't believe how close it's getting to April 6th! I am SO SO SAD!

Please update a few more times before then. I want to hear how Henrybella's is going.