Monday, May 3, 2010

Of Visas, Prophets and Forecasting Lies...

No, I haven't jut been listening to too much Pedro the Lion. But his song, referenced above in my title (of minor prophets and prostitute wives - for those not in the know) is truly one of my favorites. It's a song all about love and redemption on oh so many levels. It was actually the opening page of a journal of mine once, way back in the day. The story of how we so often don't see the value of God in our lives. But in the end, despite all the horrible things we do, He's still right there, calling us back home into His arms of forgiveness. Definitely a song well worth listening to and pondering. But far from my topic really...well, except for the fact that I always need a reminder that God is the One who truly loves me, who loves us all...
Anyhow, I'm deep in the process of visa paperwork. For all of those who have processed visas for me in the past, I thank you. When I think of all the work Amy (Stephens) Strachan had to do in order to get me back to Hong Kong, I'm truly in awe of her tenacity. And whatever magic had to be worked to get me into Czech with an on time Visa, knowing how often teacher visas are late here, is still greatly appreciated. Now that it's my turn to go through it all, I just have to go back to the fact that God is the One in control. As always, it is only through His grace that I can even stand, let alone hope that everything is going to process smoothly. I know it's all important, and obviously there need to be rules and restrictions on people traveling back and forth between countries, but I really pray that they'll see how in love we are and that everything is just go fast fast FAST.
As far as prophets go, I've just started listening to a new 180 series about the prophet Daniel. It really is amazing to be able to stay connected to what is going on in Hong Kong, and I'm already intrigued to see what all we will be learning through this series.
And last, and definitely the most depressing, is the weather. Well, I suppose I can't say that the forecasters have been lying. In truth, they spoke the truth. They said rain, and here it is. I guess the lie was more the beauty of the past week that made me think Spring could possibly be here to stay. Instead I'm stuck inside on a gloomy Monday. Perhaps it was for the best, because I had to work on the Visa stuff, but still, I miss the sunny stuff. I never was much of one for "liquid" sunshine. Ah well.
In other news, Julie will be here in less than two weeks! I'm super excited that she is able to come, and can't wait to help her experience Europe :) It's been nearly 20 years since she was here with her high school groups, so I know she's pretty pumped as well. Still working on itinerary plans, but it should be great all the same :)

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