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A Voice Said "Shout!"

on wrenching our attention toward what is lasting

 
A voice said, "Shout!"

I asked, "What should I shout?"

"Shout that people are like grass. Their beauty fades quickly as the flowers in a field. The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the Lord, and so it is with people...But the Word of our God stands forever."


-Isaiah 40:6-8


When I was growing up, my dad had a rule: If there was screaming, there had better be blood.


He didn't want us shouting about just anything. He wanted to know when he really needed to pay attention, when we were in trouble, when he should come running.


Part of growing up is learning to weigh our reactions to things, learning what is worthy of raising our voice; what things can we handle quietly and what are the things to which we must draw the attention of others?


So as I read this verse about the fading beauty of plants and people and the permanence of the Word of God, I knew it was true, but it raised the question: Why is this something to shout about?


 

I think it's because otherwise, it eludes our attention.

We fix our eyes on the here and now and the people around us. We become obsessed with our appearance and our status and obtaining the respect of all who look upon us and we forget how quickly all that we're striving for fades.



We need it shouted in our faces: All that beauty? All the achievement? All that we have built? Gone. As quick as a withering plant. Impossible to hold onto. Dying. Fading. Passing. Like annuals, they flower and die within one season. Appreciate them, but don't make them your end-all.



Shout it.

Shout it until it sinks into your brain and you are breathless and finally asking the million-dollar question: If not this, then what?

What lasts? What stands? What holds its beauty season after season?

The Word of God. 



So cherish it, pursue understanding it, fix your attention on it, live your life following it.

If not me, then who?

Who lasts? Who stands? Who holds their beauty season after season?

The Word of God.



Who took on a human body and lived among us, who defeated death and has become our cornerstone. There is rescue and hope and lasting honor in no other name.

So cherish him, pursue understanding him, fix your attention on him, and live your life following him.

People are like grass, but the Word of God stands. May we learn to build on what is lasting. May we hold on tight to what does not fade away.


Lord,

In all that I chase after and all that I build, may I not be the one who ignores you for the sake of chasing after the withering, fading treasures that the world holds up as worthy.

May I learn to shout to my own soul until it shakes off its distracted gaze, fixes its eyes on you alone and runs hard in the race you have set before me. You are the prize my heart must learn to treasure. 

You alone are worthy.



"All the nations of the world are but a drop in the bucket. They are nothing more than dust on the scales...All the wood in Lebanon's forests and all Lebanon's animals would not be enough to make a burnt offering worthy of our God."

-Isaiah 40:15-16
 

Updates

 

Field Choice

We are excited to announce that we have officially been invited to serve on the aviation team in Papua New Guinea!



Thank you for praying for us and for mission leadership as we walked through this decision-making process. We think this will be a really good fit!
 

Arizona Training

Cody has been progressing well through the final stages of preparation here at our state-side aviation base.



He finished his scenario-based cross-country flight through the New Mexico Forest Service airstrips, where he practiced route and fuel-planning with frequent changes such as deteriorating weather or a sudden medevac request.

He has one more flight on the 1100' airstrip before he moves on to two airstrips in the area that involve a short landing zone combined with challenging terrain and a one more instrument cross-country flight. 
 
Cody's simulated engine failure landing on the 1100' airstrip

Now that we have our field decision, we'll wrap up training here at the end of May, then jump into full-time support raising.

Please keep praying for Cody to learn everything he can during this training time, and that it would be good preparation for the flying he'll do overseas.

Please keep praying for the people we are going to serve, who are still waiting to hear God's word in their language.




 
Support

The Lord has been so, so faithful! We have watched him lay this ministry on people's hearts and build this team into what it is. Just this last summer, we asked many of you to pray for the $2800/month we still needed to raise to serve overseas fully-funded. 

Now we are praying for just about 9 more people (about $850/month) who would be willing to give monthly so we can serve full-time overseas. 

We are so close!! And we are looking to the Lord to provide the rest. 



Abishai

 Abi just turned one!
He is walking like a pro and getting faster every day.  He loves the word "Hi!" which he offers with an enthusiastic wave to adults, children, dogs, birds, cars, trees, toys...etc.

His other words are: Daddy, Mama-ma, Yeah, More?, Please?, Book, and Oooo! He's still in love with his toothbrush and is a big fan of story-time. Our bedtime routine usually includes a hearty game of chase up and down the hallway which often ends with Abi panicking in hysterical giggles and throwing himself into a couch he's not tall enough to climb. 



We have our consult this month to schedule the surgical correction of his hypospadias, so you can be praying for that process!

Pray for the Lord to give us insight into how to come alongside Abi, even in these early stages, to faithfully offer him grace and point him always to the Giver of the grace we all so desperately need. 


 


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Thank you so much for keeping up with us, praying for us, and supporting us!
 

Love,

Cody, Beka & Abishai
 


 
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