Aloha friends and family! A quick status update for you all – but 1st a quote that sums up our situation beautifully :
“When any child of God decides to step out in absolute obedience to do the will of a God, there will be frantic effort by the powers of darkness to block him. Obstacles will spring up to hinder and discourage that one. The possibility of obedience will seem more and more hopeless. When things are the blackest and most discouraging is the very time not to give up.” Isobel Kuhn
We are blessed and stressed and clinging more so than resting in His promises that He has this all worked out. Today has been a good day as far as our moral is concerned but we certainly ride that roller coaster daily and even moment by moment of hopeful highs and desperate lows. We attest to Psalm 27:13 “I would have lost heart if I did not believe that I would see the goodness of The Lord in the land of the living.” It is perhaps the same sort of belief that was had by the father of the possessed kid in Mark 9 – “I believe, but help my unbelief!”
By the ministering of the Holy Spirit I’m sure, we always get back to the place of knowing with the utmost certainty that although we don’t know how or when, we are convinced and fully believe this is exactly what we are supposed to be doing. In these moments of absolute certainty we find rest.
As of this very moment we are waiting to hear the results of our application for a 6 month rental on the North Shore which by all appearances (pics and through a friends eyes) will fit the bill. this is our first experience being on the Receiving end of the “Island time” mentality over which we have no control. The rental market is CrAzY in HI right now and we are typically 1 of 10+ inquirers on every rental thus far. We have booked a great priced vacation rental for a week and have more rental options we are already scheduled to view once we get on island.
Also, I (ERIK) have my 1st job interview lined up for Wednesday the 16th with a staffing agency on Island so we are stoked about that! No clue if they will pay what we have budgeted for let alone if I will be the right fit for it but an interview is exciting news!
We are so grateful for all of your prayers and moral support and pray that this leap of faith pleases our Lord and encourages & strengthens others’ faith to Trust Him fully. This is not a fool hearty battle cry to spin the globe, thump a finger, and LEAP! But rather to seek Him whole heartedly and if He says to go or stay or do anything, no matter what the cost, to trust and Obey!
We love you all, covet your prayers and look forward to having some hindsight views and praise reports to share soon.
Walking by faith,