Among the amazing sights we got to see while we were visiting Thailand in 2015 were these incredible chedis of Wat Pho in Bangkok. Intricately crafted with patterns of broken pottery pieces, these massive pillars are breathtakingly beautiful.
While reminiscing over trip photos last week and reflecting on our time spent in Thailand, I was struck by the way that these monuments present a picture of how beauty can come through brokenness; of how following Christ is to be broken down, to die to self, that we might be used by God. Jesus had a lot to say about this:
“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it!” (Mt. 16:24-25). “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (Jn. 12:24).
Following Jesus is a life of beauty through brokenness. As He enables us to die to ourselves, we gain the joy of Him, and through Him we bear much fruit. If Wat Pho is a beautiful sight built out of temporal pieces of broken vessels, how much more beautiful is the church of Christ, built out of us- living, broken vessels that proclaim the glory of God within us!
"We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves." (2 Cor. 4:7)
May God shine His light into the hearts of the Isaan people and build their brokenness into the beautiful temple of the Holy Spirit!
Please Pray With Us:
We are approaching the new baby's arrival (due date is May 5). Please pray with us for a safe and healthy delivery.
We still need committed monthly partners before we can deploy as we hope to at the end of this year. The budget for our family had to be readjusted to accommodate a new baby and a different location for our first year (due to visa requirements), and that set us back a bit from where we had been in our support-raising process. We are grateful right now to be close to 100% for our one-time costs, but we still need 44% of our monthly partnership before we can deploy. Please pray that God would bring in this remaining need so that we can join our teammates in Chiang Mai around the end of this year.
"Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen." (Ephesians 3:21) Love, the Englands