Psalm 4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.
That peaceful slumber is not a given, is it?
It might be violence where you live, the natural fallout of places and people in need of redemption. It might be what is lacking, like fair law enforcement or good medical care. It could the constant worry that things might change, the work permit you have counted on won’t be renewed or the visa might be taken away, or an outbreak might occur. Safety is not a given for our tribe. We live with this tension, knowing there are risks and yet we serve a powerful God who protects and shields.
Except sometimes the unthinkable happens.
Safety is an important topic for cross-cultural workers. There are a variety of opinions and thoughts about the risks that we take, or the ones we don’t. So, we approach this topic knowing we need a whole lot of grace from the Lord, wisdom for each and every situation. We can extend that same grace to each other in our discussions this week, as we come from different places and make different decisions. That’s okay. How have you wrestled with the topic of safety, for yourself and your team and your family? How has God met you in the wrestling, in the unexpected and hard moments? How has He shown Himself faithful through it all?
Come share with us this week. You can join in the conversation through your comments on the blog, or add your photos and stories on Instagram this week with the hashtag #VelvetAshesSafety.