"If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?"
-David Livingstone

January 19, 2011

"Every good and perfect gift..."

Lately I've been finding my life running along more domestic lines than I had a-fore-to planned - yes, that's what a baby will do to you:) - and so, realizing that in all reality that won't change a whole lot for a good many months, [Don't get me wrong, we have no intention of remaining completely sedentary. I plan for language learning and village medical work as well as study to take up much of our time, but we won't be found speeding around the mountains dirt-biking style just yet, if you get my meaning.] I sat back one fine morning several weeks ago now to jot down some ideas for how I can occupy myself and make best use of my time.

And that morning several among the many of the things included on that list was this:

Video editing

And had you been a little bird peering over my shoulder you would have seen a side note under designated needs for that undertaking being (ideally) a mac computer and a video camera. (Which I was well aware, short of God putting them in my lap, would no easier be a reality for me than would suddenly sprouting wings!)

This is something that has been on my heart for a while. I see a huge need all around me.
The world needs to know.
And I feel hugely inadequate and incapable of sharing the need in all its stark reality. My words continually fall short. If the world could only see. See with their own eyes.
So I've really been wanting to put more of an effort into capturing it via pictures and video, not to mention that, although I've never done much about it, I've had a big interest in this for years.

Several hours after my little list writing session I was having a conversation with my mother (who was currently still in the States) and, without my mentioning any of this, she randomly mentions that "by the way" some friends had just donated a mac computer as well as a nice video camera for ministry use. Atypical conversation with my mother.

I might add that, at least for us, it's not exactly every day that someone donates a nice mac computer or a video camera either. Or more accurately, has never happened before.

For me this fell in line with God granting me the desires of my heart. I might mention that having a mac has been a long-standing dream for me. One of those dreams that I'd also accepted as, more likely than not, never happening, or at least any closer than many years down the road. I readily realized that there's more important things in life than owning a mac and also being very aware that even if I did ever have the funds for one there would be no way I could justify spending it on that.

Well God must have thought otherwise. Isn't it so neat how He can fulfill a need at the same time as he fulfills a dream? He loves to give good gifts to His children!

I ask for your prayers that God will give me, more than just an interest, a larger understanding for all this "techy" stuff so that I can adequately portray whatever it is that He puts in my path.:)


  1. James 1:17... That promise has also been on my heart recently, and I was so encouraged and blessed by your recent posts Maria!
    God be praised! To think that He cares THAT much!

    I will be praying for you in this new undertaking... You're right, the world needs to hear, needs to see.
    And Jabez- I have no words!!! What an amazing transformation.

    You just made my whole day!

  2. We just got back from our trip to Paata, and I am catching up on your blogs now that we have internet again. :) I was very interested to read your post, as this is something that the Lord recently put on my heart as well... this trip really crystalized several things for me. Praise Him for seeing your need and interests ahead of time and providing confirmation so clearly-- in the timing AND perfect fit of that gift! It is those "little" things that makes my heart sing! :)