Letter to my church

This is a letter I wrote to my church, which they received earlier today.

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Beyond all comparison (2 Corinthians 4:13-18)

by Rachel

Exactly ten years ago this month, I was coming home from an incredible experience in Asia, anticipating my upcoming marriage to Toby, and wondering where in the world God would put us. Toby accepted a call as campus missionary just weeks before we walked down the aisle. Being from the big city and having spent time in one of the most densely populated areas of the world, our new home seemed like a foreign place. But over the past ten years it has changed from foreign to familiar.

So here I am on the other end of where I was ten years ago. At the conclusion of another incredible experience, anticipating another major life change, not only for Toby and I, but for our children as well, and again wondering where in the world God will put us.

But as I stand here, bags packed, moving forward to take this painful step back into the unfamiliar, I believe that God has a purpose and it is to His glory. “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

What gently pushes me out that door and what comforts me when I am overwhelmed with the future is the fact that this is not all there is. There is something else, something bigger and better and brighter. Something outside of the pain of this world. Something that we are all working toward. Something that pulls us away from our beloved familiar and pushes us toward the foreign places that we never thought we would go.

That “something” is the life of Christ deep inside us, His presence within us, and when we let His life take over, we have the opportunity to extend His life to more and more people to the glory of God. And eventually, when this world ends and the new life that’s already inside us takes over, we’ll know that it was all worth it. It will be completely beyond all comparison.

God has graciously used these past ten years to bring us closer to Himself. Thank you for walking with us all these years. We look forward to hearing where life takes you and sharing where it takes us. And we ultimately look forward to that glorious day when our paths cross again and settle in eternity.

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