It wasn't till this weekend it really dawned on me that we're leaving as a group THIS Saturday to New ORLEANS! And of course my mind starts thinking at over hundred miles per hour, although we've been preparing for over a month. What are we going to do? Are we going to be safe? Are people to be open about hearing the gospel?... I then picked up my bible and then played the "close your eyes and open a passage game" hoping God would lead me to a scripture (I'm sure we've all played that game at some point). Didn't work on the first try; realized reading about Jerobaom rebelliousness was certainly not in context at the moment. On my second try I was led to Matthew 5:25-34 which talked about not worrying. I was thinking a ha! There you go God, this was exactly what I needed. I've read this passage so many times before but really saw it in a new light. It starts by saying:
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they....But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, an all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
One word. Amazing.
Then today I happened to pass by these black bags that appeared to be trash bags NOT in a trash can. One step closer and a myriad of birds came flying out of those bags. Startled at first, but then I began to chuckle. Apparently God made some humans to have a party this weekend and leave all this food laying around for these birds to eat. Yes He's AMAZING! I'm not worried any longer, more excited about the possibilities and opportunities for us to be used mightily by God in this city.
New Orleans here we come!!!