God’s sovereignty is so overwhelming sometimes. Some days it’s easier than others to lean into Him and know that He has everything under control and that everything will work out for His Glory.
Rob is on his way to Nebraska for SkyQuest Outdoors Annual Ministry Turkey Hunts. He has been guiding for several years for these hunts and it is truly the highlight of his year. When he first started to go, it was all about the hunting of the birds. He’d call home and tell me about his bird or the bird of the guy/kid that he took with him. After about 2 years his calls started to change. He still talked about the birds but he was telling me about the life transformation that was happening because of these turkey camps. He loved taking young guys out there and teaching them about Jesus. Who He is and what He has done for us. Many times his conversations ended up with him in tears over God’s handiwork. I saw a change in him that I so loved and I looked forward to hearing from him to hear what God did over a few days.
Last year, we made the decision that he could only go to one of the camps. It was one of those decisions you have to make when you go into full time ministry. We had just come out of our pre-field training and hadn’t been home in almost a month and Rob felt God calling him to stay home for that one weekend. The guys from camp called, texted, and sent him words of encouragement and affirmation but he still so longed to be there with the guys, leading devotions and bible studies. The second weekend is a smaller camp and didn’t have the same feel so when he went he felt like he had just missed out on something big. We said then that this year, he would be at both camps unless we were deployed overseas and couldn’t make it back.
Yesterday he left, a day later than the rest of the guides, for Nebraska. He had a couple appointments and would get there today. Here is where God’s sovereignty comes in…he’s not at camp yet. He’s sitting in a mechanic’s shop in Des Moines, Iowa because his truck broke down. We know because God’s Word tells us, that God knew what was going to happen today and that He would use even that for His Glory. We aren’t sure yet how that will look. He’s having engine and turbo problems and it doesn’t sound good but we are trusting God, in His Sovereignty to handle this. That He will supersede for Rob and bring in the right people, parts and finances to fix the truck.
Rob just called…$4700 and it won’t be done until tomorrow night. One day of scouting and fellowship with his fellow guides will be lost. The time he spends with these men who lift him up and support him through thick and thin. One night in a hotel in Iowa spending time with the Lord and resting.
The hunt doesn’t start until Sunday so he will still be guiding and still have one day to scout. God will still work in the lives of all of the men that are there. His Glory WILL shine through and I wait in anticipation for the stories of just how God worked this year. The start of Turkey Camp 2014 is a little rocky but there is no doubt that the rewards in heaven will be many! To God be the Glory!