I hope everyone is doing well and finding time to enjoy small blessings in this busy time that is fall. It’s kind of funny, fall is a time I have always associated with hectic schedules and very little down time. But here in the jungle it’s pretty much the opposite. The travel season is winding down and now we are starting to settle into life in San Ramon.
I’m not going to lie, after so much non-stop movement over the past two and a half months it seems strange to have so much free time. But Jesus is meeting me here in this quiet space just as much, more even, as when my time was consumed with ministry with the Yanesha.
The other day I was reading in John 13, the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. A pretty common story, but after working in ministry it has taken on a new meaning for me. It reminded me why I am here. Jesus said “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done for you” (John 13:14-15). That is exactly what I long to do. I long to serve these people just as Jesus served his disciples. He took on the role of the lowliest servant. I pray every day that I can mirror that, that I will consider others as better than myself. I hope that I can be a servant worthy of The King of Kings.
I have been reflecting a lot lately where my heart has been. God has been reminding me, in not so subtle ways, that I have not been seeking after Him with my entire heart. I have been concerned with worldly objects, possessions, and even relationships. I have forgotten that Jesus is all I need to sustain me. Love for the world and love for God cannot coexist. So, I have been praying a hard prayer, and that is to prune my life. That God, the decisive gardener, would cut off things that are dead. I pray that I would be a Branch on the Vine that would produce much fruit.
I hope you choose to love God over the world. The pleasure of the world will always be fleeting, but if we choose God, our pleasure will be unfading, and our security will always be in heaven.
Love in Christ,
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