Scattered Beams

There are seven weeks exactly today before I fly out of the Philippines fully intent on not returning. Seven weeks to say "see you later" to friends that I have made in the 11 years of living here. But as I have been reflecting on the unsteadiness transition can inspire, I've also been firmly aware and thankful that my Heavenly Father is my solid rock and no matter what storm or unrest aspires to offset me in this life, it is on Him and Him alone I stand.

In providential grace I came upon this quote today from Jonathon Edwards that sums up so well how I feel and believe

The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams. But God is the ocean.

Friends and family are but shadows, scattered beams, and streams - - they are blessings from my Father's hands. I am so thankful that we've been on this adventure in the Philippines, so thankful for all the experiences and growth, just so thankful!!!!!

Psalm 25:4,5, 11-15 Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long...All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
Who is the man who fears the Lord? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose. His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land.
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. My eyes are ever toward the Lord,..