“The Lord watches over the foreigner” (Ps 146″9) As I have been meditating on this Psalm all week this line popped out today as we leave for France. I am encouraged by that observation stated so firmly, with the same conviction and confidence that one says the sun will rise tomorrow. Even within the first few minutes of our leaving God was making it evident in even deeper ways.
First, it was the grace given to us in the nice people at the airline counter who allowed our few bags that were one or two pounds overweight to slip by. But even more amazing was the waving of the “extra bag fee” which we were prepared to pay for. The airline folks were in fact supporting us financially although they weren’t sending a check to WHM. They asked questions about where we were going, what we were doing and one lady in particular asked “Are you missionaries?” even as she was calling to get the override on our extra bag. We walked away amazed at how God was reminding us that He was watching over us.
Soon it was time to board the plane and again we were blessed with business class upgrades putting us in those amazing lay flat seats for the night travel to Paris. So we got a good night’s sleep despite being on an airplane.
Then there has been the many emails of encouragement, cheer and prayer as Randy sent out our first prayer letter on the eve of our departure. We are again sustained and confirmed by the community of believers that upholds us through their support. As we sit in the Paris airport awaiting our next flight to Lyon and then the drive onto Albertville in a rental car, all our apprehensions are meet by these tangible reminders of how God is watching over us. Once again we are “foreigners” but we are not alone or unknown. His eye is upon us and we are safe in His care. Thanks and blessings on each one of you who have loved us well in His name and for His glory over these past months of travel, transition and itineration! We look forward to unpacking our suitcases and living a less transitional life for the next year.