If I have learned anything this year, it is the sovereignty of God. We started off the year in February with "Snowpocalypse." This is the nickname given the blizzard which covered Joplin (and a majority of the USA) with 26"+ of the white stuff. Unfortunately, this wasn't cleared away completely until early March, if I remember correctly. Following this, was the May 22 - EF5 tornado that ripped through Joplin. 161 people lost their lives, countless lost their homes and businesses, and rebuilding is estimated at 5-10 years. The majority of the clean up from the tornado took place during the summer months, which saw a heat wave (and accompanying drought). This heat wave brought nearly 30 straight days of 100+ (or even 110+, with the heat index). We thought we were good for the year. However, last month we encountered two or three level 5 magnitude earthquakes, which at the very least, shook things on our walls and made the apartment sway. Add to all this that my Grammie passed away in August, and you can see how it was a rather long year (and we're not even in the final month yet.)
However, as I began, I learned about the sovereignty of God. Even with all the chaos and uncertainty of this year, I know He is still in control. The earth is still spinning, the sun is still rising (some days hotter than others), and creation in general is working as best it can in this fallen world. Lives are still being changed by the Gospel, more people are following His Son, and we are learning to love in more ways during these times.
And, speaking of love, in two weeks, Casey and I will be celebrating our one year anniversary! (Yes, we went through all this together in our first year of marriage. That is one way to get all the rockiness out firsthand!) The following week will be our finals week. We appreciate your prayers in terms of that as we finish up the school year and our final projects, and studying for our final exams. We get about two weeks of break, and then we begin our PACT Internship. I think that's all for now.
Until next time,
Grace and Peace
PS Oh yeah, Happy Belated Thanksiving!
PPS I also forgot that we were also in a minor car collision in August. Such a long year.