You are amazing, and i love you. Seriously, look at you, you decided to take your very own 5-10 minutes to read the odd and infrequent blog postings of a missionary to be. Thank you.
I’m sitting here in the coffee shop (the one i do most of my writing at) and it’s snowing. That is correct, it is snowing in Denver Colorado in (basically [probably by the time i post this]) May. It’s a cool change of pace from the standard sunny warm Denver spring. Its cool to have a day that just makes you feel like sitting inside and kicking back with family and watching a movie, instead of (for me) the typical running around restlessness. Part of the reason i can enjoy the chill nature of this weather (pun intended) in the midst of the amazing springtime weather is that i know it won’t last. i don’t have to worry about being stuck inside my house for the next few weeks while its slushy and cold outside, i can just lay back and soak it in knowing that in a few days the sun will be shining and the streets will be dry and i can be busy running around once again.
This cool weather pattern reminds me a lot of the ups and downs we face in our christians lives. It seems like just when we (me) have most of the “christian” things figured out, life is good and we (me) have a pretty good walk with the Lord, then something happens and we fall and trip and stumble. Now when this happens my typical response is to stare at the ground and think about how i need to get used to the ground because there is no way i can get back up from this fall. Its easy to become distanced from God, and its even easier to become comfortable with that distance, but thats not the right way to live.
Zechariah 1:3 Therefore say to them, Thus declares the Lord of hosts: Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts.
The correct response should probably look like the response to this weird springtime snow. Just lay back and soak it in knowing that in a few days the sun will be shining and the streets will be dry and I can be busy running around once again. God doesn’t give us trials to leave us down on the ground.
1 Peter 1:6-9 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
These trials and hardships won’t last long. Take it all in and be calmed with the understanding that this won’t last forever, take joy in that fact that your faith is being strengthened through this. Lift your head up.
So theres my words. i hope it all makes sense. If it doesn’t make sense let me know.
Once again I’m sorry I’m late again, but i figure this wasn’t too bad compared to what its been lately. Thanks for reading this: you are amazing.
For those of you who don’t know who i am or what Dudebro missions is i will explain for you a little. My name is Noah Brandt and i am working towards becoming a long term missionary to the Country of Mongolia. i have been and will be working with YWAM, so the first step of missions for me will be a training school called DTS for about 6 months. After DTS i might attend a secondary training or i might just get ready to move to Mongolia, it all just depends on what happens while i am gone at DTS. If you want more information or if you want to help support me SPACE (financially or prayerfully or however else God wants people to support me) feel free to contact me, i will leave all my contact information for you guys below. Please let me know how i can pray for you guys, and if you ever need someone to talk to hit me up. Additionally if you have questions or comments you can leave them in the space below or you can just contact me directly if that’s what you’re into.
Noah Brandt. Email – firstname.lastname@example.org Phone – 720-635-4235
Thank you all so much.