This is My Father’s World. Remember that old hymn? I have been mulling the words over in my mind these past few days as we Rudolphs have been packing up and finalizing prep for our upcoming journey.
This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears,
All nature sings, and around me rings the music of the spheres
Dustin and I leave for Zambia pn Sunday afternoon to hang out with the Huckaby Crew for a couple of weeks. Our kiddos, Elias, Jillian, Georgia, and Luke hopped on a jet this morning headed to South Carolina to spend a week in Charleston with Dustin’s family. We have all been looking forward to our trips! My hope is that with this blog I can share some of the details about the goings-on of our adventures, as well as the goings-0n in our hearts as we see God working around us.
Over the last few weeks, our loose plans to care for the Huckaby Crew have become evermore detailed as the dates of our departures have arrived. And my mama-heart is evermore detailed with the emotions I am feeling about this trip. We are SO looking forward to reuniting with friends who have said the enthusiastic “YES” to God’s leading in their lives. Kelly and Tricia Huckaby run a Christian Camp near Lusaka, Zambia through Action International, a missionary organization. Over the last seven years, Dustin and I have watched Kelly and Tricia walk faithfully through trials and joys. We have seen God’s faithfulness over and over again. We feel great excitement to get to serve their family as Kelly and Tricia take some time to get away, just the two of them.
But…I won’t hide it: I feel a little nervous, and my heart is exposed.
But, this heart-exposure is a grace straight from my Heavenly Father. He reminds me that this is HIS World. Oh, how often I act and think as though my family, self, home, and plans are a product of me and my accomplishments. They become heart idols, things I look to for assurance and comfort instead of God.
But I am reminded: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1). Everything around me, the familiar and near, the unfamiliar and far…it and we all belong to our Creator. And, He is trustworthy and worship-worthy in every circumstance. So as the Rudolph family departs on our journeys, I am praying that the Lord would sustain us and bring us all home safely, yes. But I am also praying with open hands, that we would trust the living God who loves us, regardless of circumstance, regardless of feelings. In fact, it is my prayer that we would take our feelings, really look at them, and take our circumstance, really see it for what it is, then say “Yes, Lord, I trust you in this!”
This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget.
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
In Christ Alone,