Thanking Our God for You
“For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” I have been thinking about this verse in Phillippians a lot since we have been here and have marveled at the way that Jian is able to put it into practice. A week from this upcoming Monday we will have her pre-op appointment for her knee reconstruction and then the surgery that Wednesday. The time has actually been flying by. Living in one room on bare necessities is actually kind of simple and refreshing. We continue to receive a stack of cards in the mail every single day, and it has become the joke here that Jian is the one who receives all of the mail.
Again, it is very difficult for me to wrap my mind around the love that is being shown to us by so many. I think of 1 Corinthians 12 that speaks to the fact that in Christ we are all united but have different gifts and play different roles. I love seeing this played out with the care packages that we receive. Some people are very practical and have been a blessing to help provide things like toiletries. Others send our favorite snacks. Many have provided tons of activities to help pass the time while Jian is in her cast. Things like gift cards for groceries have been greatly appreciated, as we typically buy groceries from my part time work, which I am not able to do this summer. We have some really sweet friends who have stretched themselves. When wondering about some of Jian’s favorite things, they happened to ask on a day when she was craving unusual snacks from the Asian Supermarket. Experiencing that for the first time can be quite a culture shock!
We have a few things at home that are “up in the air” including the selling of our house. For this recovering self-reliant planner, I have been really focusing on putting Psalm 46:10 into practice: “Be still and know that I am God.” I know that tomorrow will take care of itself, and we will get our answers on these matters when the time is right. I didn’t intend on quoting so many scriptures today, but I will leave you with this last one: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Jian has been practicing this one. She started to dread going through another surgical procedure, but then decided to pray, “Dear God, please help Docta Standud (Dr. Standard) be healthy and ready for my knee.” And we would love for you all to join us in this prayer during the next week as well!