It was then I carried you

Jambo!

  Thank you for taking the time to read this blog! It was with great hesitation that I started – I have hardly any talent or experience with blogging – but I recognized that many of my friends and family members wanted to keep up with my adventures while in Tanzania and Europe. I also saw blogging as an opportunity to share how God is and has been working in my life; He has been putting this trip on my heart since I was a wee-squirt in primary school. The fact that I will be working with the Kuria tribe in northern Tanzania in just under a month is a testament to the fact that God truly does follow through with His word and is totally faithful and trustworthy.

  The title of this blog comes from the poem “Footprints.” I still do not know who the author of this poem is because every site on the web states either anonymous or some random poet no one has ever heard of wrote it. Regardless, here are the words:

Footprints
Author Unknown

I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets
of footprints in the sand,
one belonging to me
and one to my Lord.

When the last scene of my life shot before me
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
There was only one set of footprints.
I realized that this was at the lowest
and saddest times of my life.
This always bothered me
and I questioned the Lord
about my dilemma.

“Lord, you told me when I decided to follow You,
You would walk and talk with me all the way.
But I’m aware that during the most troublesome
times of my life there is only one set of footprints.
I just don’t understand why, when I needed You most,
You leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child,
I love you and will never leave you
never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints
it was then that I carried you.”

  Powerful words from our LORD and Savior! I identify with this poem because like many of my brothers and sisters in Christ, I have been met with very difficult trials and sufferings in life and have asked God “why.” “It was then that I carried you” is a reminder for me that even when it doesn’t necessarily feel like God is with us, He is working His will through our lives and we can count on Him to be faithful to all of His promises, even when this isn’t easy to do.

  John 10:10 comes from the passage in John where Jesus is explaining how Jesus is the Great Shepherd. The verse states: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” This has been the verse Jacob Moyer & I chose when we formed the medical ministry The Lazarus Project at our church Northstar Church in Blacksburg, VA. It reminds us that God is the provider of our health and wants us to rely on Him as sheep would rely on their shepherd for provision.

I feel so blessed to be embarking on this trip with Jacob Moyer and Sam Tabacchi, both of whom are members of Lazarus Project and Northstar church. We have been praying for this trip since the beginning of the year and have every confidence that the LORD is going to move through us, the other members of Teamwork City of Hope (TCOH) and in the lives of the Tanzanian people next month.

Please feel free to provide comments after each post. I am open to feedback and am looking for ways to better this blog. Can’t wait to hear from you all!

~ Justin
Proverbs 3:5-6