Psalm 27

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
    of whom shall I be afraid?

When evildoers assail me
    to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
    it is they who stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me,
    my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
    yet I will be confident.

One thing have I asked of the Lord,
    that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
    and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter
    in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
    he will lift me high upon a rock.

And now my head shall be lifted up
    above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
    sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
    be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
    “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
    Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
    O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
    O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
    but the Lord will take me in.

11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
    and lead me on a level path
    because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
    for false witnesses have risen against me,
    and they breathe out violence.

13 I believe that I shall lookf]”>[f] upon the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!

My home church in Charlottesville went over Psalm 27 and explained how we should respond to fear and persecution. It was a timely message considering my parents have put my summer mission plans on hold.

I turned in my application at the end of January and called my parents to update them like I had been for the past 6 months of planning for this trip. I’m not sure what happened though because my mom flipped out. What had been positive and supportive conversations of me going had now turned into an argument over fear for my safety and well-being. I was so taken aback.

It’s been a week since that conversation and I’m still confused as to how I feel. All I know is that I still feel that longing to go and serve in Thailand. Some days the desire is so strong I feel like I could cry. I pray that my parents would also experience a heart for the lost and the people of Thailand. The Lord is definitely teaching me patience during this process and to trust His timing. He will not forsake me. And after today, I felt Him telling me that He will protect me as I learn to honor my parents and obey in His command.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

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