I’m so thankful that I can see God working in my life, especially in those around me. Last week, I started listening to a sermon series by James MacDonald of WALK IN THE WORD (www.walkintheword.com) called “Ordinary You, Extraordinary God” and is about how we are ordinary, despite what our cultures tell us, as exampled in the life of King David. It’s pretty neat.
Well, I listened to the first in the series on Friday, and that day, I just felt like I had some amazing classes. Yuka came to video tape some of the lesson, for advertising, and afterwards she commented, “Perfect lesson!” And then my other classes that day went really well. It felt a little weird that the day I listened to the sermon about how run-of-the-mill I am, I had an amazing day — thanks be to God!
Saturday comes around, Hiroko-sensei’s grandmother died, so she couldn’t come to work (is she coming tomorrow to help me move? I don’t really know.. I told her she didn’t have to worry about it… we’ll see!) so I thought I’d be working more, as usual, but instead, I got an extra hour off! Also, my Mommy and Baby student, Akihiro, didn’t come, so I was free for that hour also! Thanks, God!(blessed my Him~)
Saturday evening is full of meeting with the new 242 group. I arrived at the church early, so I got to practice with Bobby, as I was leading “Days of Elijah” that evening (LOVE that song! There’s no God like Jehovah!) Which was much more comfortable than last time. Yikes. Talk about performance anxiety! And then during the meeting, I felt not needed.. What can I offer to this group, to the new 242 services? I don’t know! I can’t lead worship.. too nervous, I can’t preach.. also scary, but a part of me would like to try~ well, if they need a “back-up”.. but there are three preachers already! I don’t think they will need me.. at any rate, I also can’t get there early, because of working until 6 PM every Saturday, so I can’t help prepare dinner! whoa, what else is there to do? I wish there was something. I went to bed feeling discouraged yet still with the desire to do something.
Sunday, yay! my day off! I got a ride to church – it was raining. arigatou, Yuka-chan! ^^ And actually, I forget what Yoji preached about in the service! I remember that it’s the last sermon on “Overflow” though! oh man… During the sermon or ministry time, I thought something like, “God, I need to be reminded that my prayers do work. I need to see you answer a prayer of mine.” After thinking about what I would pray for, I decided to pray that Kevin would become a Christian. “God, I pray that You would show yourself to Him in an amazing way; Show him who You really Are.” Amen!
After the service, at lunch, I got to help out a friend, and it was so good to bless someone else! I was thinking more about what I can do, and somehow.. maybe someone was talking about something related to my experiences, or God brought it into my head, I don’t know! But I thought, boy, I really love to do drama! So, I decided (by myself… also, I brought it up with Bobby, and he quickly agreed~) to be in charge of the drama.. if there’s a skit we can do, I will put it into action! So I am happy to find something I can bring to the table; thanks God! And then I sent a song to Keiko, Bobby’s wife, so we will make a sign dance to it and perform at the opening service! I’m really looking forward to this! I went home happier, and more confident. Also, thanks to Hitomi for encouraging me! She’s great.
And then there was today, the last item on today’s agenda. Oh, today was a great day! God brought Himself before me in ways that I haven’t seen in a long time, so thanks to Him, it was really beautiful.
When I got into work, started preparing for class, Kevin came into the kids rooms to ask me a question: “When we do The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe in the book club, would you be interested in coming to teach us about the Christian symbolism in the book?” (!!) Yes, I would~ Although it’s a little scary, partly because I want to be right, theologically, and really share God with these people! Kevin and Mikiko, another coworker, and some students go to this book club. Maybe it will be bigger when they read The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe? Wow!
Then I had fun teaching my classes, the students are great! Finally, in my last class, Noda-san told me and Naoko about a book he was reading, and I mentioned that I had read two Japanese books (of course translated into English!) Silence, by Endo Shusaku and Shiokare Toge by Miura Ayaka. Naoko then asked me, “You’re a Christian, right?” Yes, I am! Then we spent the rest of the hour talking about religion, and I got to share a bit about Jesus and God. I hope they can get it. I feel so flustered when I’m talking about it off the cuff. Although I usually know what I’m talking about. Living in a Christian home all my life, going to church and youth group every week and then going to a Bible college, and on top of it all, being interested in it really helps! ^^ Naoko seemed interested in learning about God, Noda didn’t really, but who really knows? So, I should invite Naoko to church, or 242. She is a great baker! Her father’s family (except her father) are all Christians, apparently, so she knows a little.
And finally-finally, I’ve decided finally to give up my computer for Lent. As in, I’m even going to give my computer to Kevin so I won’t even be tempted to use it during the 46 days! I’m allowing myself to use the computer at work, but it really sucks. So send me mail! Write me an email, or if you need to, you can even phone my cell phone (VIA SKYPE ONLY!).
In closing, my favourite benediction (well, this one is a little different from the one I really like, but here it is):
May the Lord walk beside you to comfort you.
May the Lord walk above you to watch over you.
May the Lord walk behind you to keep you safe.
May the Lord walk before you to show you the way.