That night I had a dream. I usually do not remember very many dreams but I remember this dream.
I was running around Aamco (The transmission shop) asking everybody, "Why does this have to cost so much?"
Everybody was laughing at me. They were making a mockery of my confusions and my lack of trust in them. I was so stressed out throughout the whole course of the dream.
Eventually I found a corner and hid. Jenna was sitting beside me hugging me as I cried out to God from the depths of my soul. Then I heard a load voice full of authority say to me,
"Though the fig tree does not budand there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will be joyful in God my Savior - Habakkuk 3."
I heard him say every word of that prayer from Habakkuk. When I woke up the next morning, before my teeth were brushed, I opened my bible and checked to make sure. God reminded me that there is joy to be had in him, under all circumstances. Habakkuk saw the hurts in the worlds and wrestled with God for the entire book...yet God reminds him in the end that in the midst of a hurting and sometimes cruel world, we have to have trust. We have to believe. We have to know that He is faithful to complete his good works, according to his greater plans.
And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi.
And on the way he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?"
And they told him,"John the Baptist; and others say,Elijah; and others, one
of the prophets."
And he asked them, "But who do you say that I am?"
Peter answered him, "You are the Christ."
The people in Manitou are diverse. Some said they hated Jesus. Some said Jesus was a great prophet. Some say he was just a great teacher. Some say Jesus is one of the Christs or one of many gods.
We say Jesus is THE CHRIST.
Because he truly is our only Christ our only Messiah, we can rejoice in the midst of barren lands. We can lay our burdens down at his feet in trust.
And He did. By the end of the week, our van was fixed. He provided money through friends, family, and people that we have never even met before. We were able to go see our friends in Manitou again! Though they have not accepted that Jesus is the only way, God has reminded us so much of his power and his sovereignty that we can now go to bed at night, peacefully.
(We're now in Denver preparing to shadow an AIM project for the next week)