I know, I know, most of you have been hoping everyday to click on our blog and find a post that was done by me (scott) and today is finally the day. Before you all stop reading, I just wanted to take the time to talk about what an amazing, creative person Cat is. For some of you, the things you see on our blog come as no surprise because you know how talented she is, but for a lot of you, you have never seen any of these things so I hope you have enjoyed a small glimpse into the enormous talent that the Lord has given Cat.
Ok, so those same ones of you who know about Cat's talents probably know that my talents are extremely different, none of which are in the creativity column. So, as hard as I racked my brain to try and think of something creative to put up here I couldn't come up with anything (I may have a video or two to put up here soon but that is as creative as I get). All that to say, I think the best thing I can put on here is just what the Lord has been teaching me to and what I have been thinking about this past week of being here. I have been reading through and studying Romans but something I read took me to 2 Corinthians 3 and the following passage:
"12Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. 14But their minds were hardened. [...] 16But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit."
(if you want to read the whole passage click here)
So the thing that hit me really hard is verse 18 and the gravity of thinking about walking through this city with an unveiled face. There is no getting around the fact that we are noticed, especially where we live. Today for example, we stopped to talk to the guard at the front entrance to our complex (very little communicating actually happened but that is another post) but we did hear him say block 7, 23 A (our apartment) In a complex of well over 5,000 people, this guard, who isn't even the guard to our particular building knew exactly what apartment we live in. And that isn't the only time one of the guards has told us where we live. We can't hide here, we don't want to hide here. But it is a weird feeling to know that you are being watched wherever you go, it is a convicting feeling. I pray that we would reflect the glory of our God with unveiled faces as we walk through this city, I pray that you would reflect that same glory where you are, and above all I pray, I beg that the Lord would remove the veils of the faces in our complex, on the campuses, and throughout this city.
p.s. thank you for reading, those of you who stuck with it even though there were no sketches.