Have you had a situation that you REALLY wanted to work out a certain way, and you prayed about it and did EVERYTHING within your power to make sure it happened the way you wanted ...
...only for it not to go at all the way you had hoped?
I have. More than once.
Just this past week, our national pastor named James was going to be out of town, and he usually drives us around in Juba (this is a craaaaaazy place to drive and I am not yet brave enough to try it). This meant we needed to hire another driver.
We really wanted our driver from last trip named Roger because, well, he's our buddy! He helped us so much last time and even started coming to church with us. We LOVE him. But he couldn't drive for us. We begged and did everything possible to get him to be able to drive for us, but he was in a contract with someone else for the week and just couldn't.
We were sad.
He said he'd send us someone else, but it still wasn't the same.
Enter Nasa, a 20-something year old Ugandan working here in South Sudan. He agreed to drive for us this week.
He drove Eric to and from all the places he had to preach. And every time, instead of waiting in the car like most drivers would, he'd come along and listen to the preaching. He heard the gospel again and again and again.
Friday night he knelt by his bed at his home and called on Jesus to save him.
Nasa is one of us now!!!! On his way to heaven!!!
I'm oh-so-glad things didn't work out my way this time. Maybe one day I will learn His ways are much better than my ways...
What a gracious God we serve.