Here’s a quote that hangs in a bathroom at my parents’ house: “Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our path, is the perfect preparation for a future only He can see.”
-Corrie Ten Boom
This quote came from a woman who endured many severe circumstances during WWII in a Nazi concentration camp. She saw circumstances as opportunities even when they were difficult. Here’s where you can find more info about Corrie: http://www.corrietenboom.com/history.htm
The reason I share that quote with you is that what I’m experiencing is a prep season for being replanted. This morning I was reading a devotion that talked about farmers plowing the ground and referred to uprooting. The word “uproot” led my thoughts to last year in Austria when a couple who were teaching a week at the discipleship training school spoke prophetically and prayed over me that God was in the process of replanting me. Now I’m not a plant expert and don’t own any plants because I’m not always the best of remembering to care for them. However, all of this replanting talk caused me to do a little research. I wanted to find out what are some of the things required before replanting.
Here a few tips:
1. Determine new location making sure that the new spot will be compatible with what the plant needs.
2. Dig the new hole before you dig up plant. The longer the plants roots go without a home the lower chances of transplanting success.
3. Estimate the root size of the current plant and leave more space in the new hole for root growth.
4. Once you reach the bottom of the new hole don’t breakup that last layer of ground. The roots need to grow strong and push through that firm layer.
5. Slowly dig up the plant starting around the perimeter to keep the roots in place.
6. When the plant is in its new home make sure it gets plenty of water and nourishment, so it can grow established in the new location.
When plants aren’t cared for properly through this process they go through what’s called transplant shock. Now what does this have to do with Austria missions?! God sees the potential for transplant shock. And He’s really taking His time in preparing me and preparing Austria for me. I’m not sure what Him digging the new hole entails, but there have to be logistics on the other side of the ocean that need to come together for me to be replanted there.
I can read each of these tips in transplanting and apply them to my life. How about you? Are there ways, experiences and people that God is using to move you to the next location or even simply the next season of your life?
up, up and away
I can’t complain too much about this waiting period. I’ve had the opportunity to do some pretty amazing things. Here is a ballooning adventure I had on Sunday morning with the Gillott family.
got some change?
As you know the dollar and euro are not anywhere close to being hand in hand. With that in mind I received my new support-raising requirements. My monthly support needs are at $5300. I’ve had about $5500 in mind since the beginning, so while this isn’t a shock my buffer is getting smaller. I tell you these facts so you can join me in prayer. Pray that the dollar would regain its strength. Pray for more churches to come on board and join my team. Pray that God would give me wisdom and direction toward the resources He desires to lead me to.
This verse really stuck out to me today as I am in the process of learning it with my mentor Laurie. “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain,” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
Even though I am in the process of being moved and replanted, God wants me to stand firm in Him. It’s His work. Not Krishana’s work. And as long as I labor “in the Lord” it will have value. I hold to God and His Word and won’t let dollar signs and increased difficulty move me, all for His glory.
Thank you for your prayers and support!