|God is good - Deus é bom!|
"Como é bom render graças ao Senhor e cantar louvores ao teu nome, ó Altissimo, anunciar de manhã o teu amor leal e de noite a tua fidelidade, ao som da lira de dez cordas e da cítara, e da melodia da harpa." Salmo 92:1-3
I read Psalms 92 today. Verses 1-3 say
"IT IS A GOOD THING TO GIVE THANKS UNTO THE LORD, AND TO SING PRAISES UNTO THY NAME, O MOST HIGH: to shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound."
God is indeed good.
Someone said, even if the day looks cloudy, the sun continues to shine. God is good, whether or not we are able to feel it. He is good.
It is easy to forget that. In the midst of trying "in vain" to rent a house, we have been reminded, that:
- by the goodness of the Lord, the team of 8 people has landed safely in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil on March 10, 2012.
- by the goodness of the Lord, we have been received with favor by the Federal Police here and have received our temporary identity;
- by the goodness of the Lord, we have had the opportunity to share God's goodness with our Brazilian friends;
- by the goodness of the Lord, though some of us have some small ailments, the team has remained united and strong;
- by the goodness of the Lord, we can be part of a great movement with the Almighty - the Church Planting Movement;
- by the goodness of the Lord, even though we still do not have a house to stay, we have been able to impact lives through prayer, sharing the Word and loving people;
- by the goodness of the Lord, we have been able to adjust quite well to Lajeado.
Yesterday, while evangelizing in the park, someone came up to me saying, "I have heard good things about your team and have come to see who you are." We have begun evangelising in the park called Dique in the Centro of Lajeado. GOOD comes out of us because the God we serve is GOOD!
I am personally grateful that the team I have with me is a hardworking one, everyone of the members is hardworking.
I wonder how many of our Brazilian friends look at us in amazement
- when they see us eat our breakfast (provided at the hotel lobby). We eat a lot because we need to store up enough energy to work the entire day to share God's GOOD NEWS (since we have only two meals a day);
- when they see us raiding the water. You see, we have been walking in the sun quite a lot (by the way, we have been paying for the bottled water we drink EVERYDAY here and they aren't cheap at all).
- when they see us help clean up the dining tables. We are probably the only clients in the hotel who help clear the tables and bring stuffs into the hotel kitchen. I've been telling the hotel staff, "Comemos como os elefantes, tomamos agua como os rhinocerontes mas trabalhamos como os cavalos". It means "We eat like elephants, drink like rhinoceros but work like horses."
God is good.