Benjamin’s class today read the script “All By Myself” taken from the story about the “Little Red Hen.” You remember the story. The Little Red Hen finds wheat and wants to make bread, but none of her friends will help her. She asks for help during different stages of the preparation…the cutting the wheat…the grinding of the wheat into flour…baking the bread. During each of these stages her friends are all too busy to help her. Then she asks them to help her eat the bread and all of her friends are ready to help with this part.
It got me thinking about how fortunate we are to have friends that are not too busy to help us in all of our preparations for Costa Rica. I think of Jeff and Lisa who immediately volunteered to watch our kids for us while we traveled to Costa Rica for a week and then again while we went for training in Mississippi. I think of my friends like Christina and Amy who have been an emotional support for me even though they are sad that we are leaving. I think of our Pastor Johnny who continues to work tirelessly with us through this entire process. I think of Beth and Amy coming over late last winter on a cold night to help me get a ton of stuff ready for a yard sale. Of Beth’s husband Tom and Jacob’s dad who helped us move, even though it was new year’s eve and Beth providing us with new year’s eve snacks! I think of Mike, Kyle and Abby Puckett who worked hard to prepare Kyle’s mom’s house for us to live in. I think of all of the people in the praise team, Christina, Lloyd, Jeff, Mike, Will and Chris and their spouses who spent last Friday night and Saturday working hard for the music for our Commissioning Service. I think of the ladies of our church, Ruthie, Sue, Lynn, Kerry, Janice C., and Janice L., and Deborah, who worked hard on Saturday to prepare a gourmet meal for us and Wes and Jan White. Wes and Jan White who drove all the way to Easley, South Carolina from Tupelo, Mississippi to speak at our Commissioning Service. I think of our families that have given vehicles for us to drive. Even today, Linda Threatt took some pictures of Benjamin today because I forgot my camera and quickly sent them to me. So many people have sacrificed their time and resources for us. There are many more that I have not mentioned, but that would take forever. Many others have also donated financially already to the Lord’s work in Costa Rica and we have not left yet.
Most of all it made me realize that even without all of these friends and family that have surrounded us and supported us that our Lord and Saviour will never leave us. We will never be “all by ourselves” on the missionfield. And you will never be by yourself whereever you are in the world if Jesus Christ is your Saviour.
Deut. 31:8 “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
It was true when Moses spoke those words to Joshua and all of Isreal and it is still true to this day for all of God’s people.
Have a blessed day.