Matthew 25:13: Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the son of man is coming.
No matter where we travel, God still bids us to come. “Come to Me,” He softly speaks, “Come to Me and I will give you rest.” And many other “Comes” in His Word: “Come and dine.” (Eat at His table with Him.) “Come let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker, for He is our God. We are His people, He watches over His flock under His care.” (Ps. 95:6) He even invites us to come to the waters when we are thirsty and if we have no money: “Come buy and eat. Come buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” (Is. 55:1)
Until July, we are back in our beloved Georgia. We experienced God’s obvious protection on our journey back to our second home! I had introduced myself to a nice lady from Colorado Springs on the flight from DIA to Chicago. As she and I were sharing during landing, our plane was just inches from touching down, we pulled up quickly! Everyone got very quiet! We were all, even our flight attendants, looking at one another… stunned. Our pilot finally explained to us that we had nearly collided with another plane! Thank God for His obvious protection.
And, then, during the last leg of our journey, London to Tbilisi, we were ‘entertained’ with the London rugby team. About a dozen or so big guys trying to out-do each other with how much alcohol they could hold. The only way the flight attendants could get them out of the isles and to sit down was to tell them that the pilot would not land the plane until they were in their seat belts. The noise was deafening and no one knew what was going to happen next. It was really quite disturbing and we were so thankful to be safely here.
How happy we were to be welcomed back by our faithful secretary and husband with beautiful flowers and smiles, though it was after 1am and we were over an hour late. We visited the school two days and then for a week I was hit with severe PD symptoms. We are standing on His promises and today I was much improved and had a lovely morning at school. What joy to see the school running so well! We have such a great staff and over 300 wonderful students now.
Often, we are amazed and so blessed by the talents and gifts of our students. On our first day back, we were entertained by the 6th and 7th graders as they acted out Alice in Wonderland. We were delighted that they performed it out in our beautiful forest playground. They did an amazing job!
For the first time, our School of Tomorrow Georgia is sending two of our most talented and capable high school students to the annual ACE International Convention in Pennsylvania. We are excited to send these two, Rati and Tina, to represent our school at the convention and we expect it will be a life-changing time for both of them. As we cannot be there to host them, several families have graciously agreed to make the days before and after the convention memorable: The David James family, Joe Gould and Gwen Taylor from Syracuse, KS., Jim and Nana Dubler, and the Doug Treat family. We are very grateful for the willingness of these folks to help in this way.
We experienced a deadly thunder storm here in Tbilisi last weekend. It was around 10pm Saturday night when a fierce storm hit the city! The lightning was constant for over three hours with rain coming down in sheets. The storm caused a lot of flooding throughout the city with considerable mud slides. Unfortunately, five people died when their houses were flooded. The park where our school is located was badly damaged and flood waters came within 8 inches from going into our school. I’m so grateful that our school was built upon solid rocks or we might not have a school today.
Matthew 7:24-25: Therefore whoever hears these saying of Mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house upon the rock. And the rain descended, the floods came and the winds blew and beat on that house and it did not fall¸ for it was founded upon the rock.
Jesus says, “Come”
“Come and see. Come and hear.”
He tenderly calls us to come.
And His voice drives out every fear.
No one knows the day nor the hour.
When through the clouds He will break.
He tells us to be prepared.
For He’s coming…make no mistake.
When we see Him and look at His face.
We’ll worship with all of our hearts.
He is worthy of praise for He walks in the Truth.
And from us He will never depart.
Soft as the voice of an angel,
He speaks and all creation stands still.
Even the birds stop their singing.
Like liquid love His voice brings a thrill.
He tells us to come to His table.
If we are tired and needy, just come.
He’ll give us His peace and strength for today,
Let us go to the Father through His Son.
I pray for you, reader of these words, that you experience living under the covering of His love for you.