“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
The John Lewis’ Christmas advert is out, so it must be Christmas Season! As it rapidly approaches we remember how busy this season is for everyone. For us it is definitely the busiest time of our year with many services, gatherings and events to attend and help plan. So we are beginning to brace ourselves for what will be a “crazy” season at the Santana household.
This Christmas is a special one though, as it marks the end of a season and the beginning of a new one in our lives. We are beginning to give away our furniture. Starting to think about packing and choosing the items we would like to keep and/or take with us to Brazil. As we start to unload so that we can travel light, we feel that our next adventure is in full swing. It is all getting real now! However, it is not always easy to let go of most of our belongings and say good bye to those we love. We now realise that obedience comes at a cost. This journey has been stretching our faith and allowing us to grow in our relationship with God, and whilst the next few months are really exciting they are also scary!
Levi now has an end date to his curacy at St Andrew’s Church (April 2017), Debora is preparing everything for the baby’s arrival in early January and we are also looking at potential schools for Nicolas. The challenge ahead feels monumental. Humanly speaking we are a very long way off boarding a plane. There is so much to do between now and then that sometimes there is a huge temptation to come up with a Plan B.
What if we can’t get ready in time? What if we can’t get enough support? What if we never get to Goiania? What if…? Maybe we should have a contingency plan? Maybe we should have our CVs ready in case we have to apply for new jobs? Should we avoid the embarrassment of failure and come up with a more achievable idea?
Last year at a New Wine Leaders conference Levi heard Archbishop Justin Welby say:
‘Is your vision so big that it cannot happen unless God breaks in? It must be God’.
As we pray we feel God does not want us to come up with a Plan B. We believe God has spoken clearly to us about Brazil and we trust His call on our lives will become a reality. This week in particular, we felt challenged by God as He reminded us that He is not known as the “Plan B god”. Jesus’ advent is testament to this. John 1:14 says this: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” It is a reminder that he has chosen to dwell with us.
There is no plan B. God did not shy away from his desire to save us, to deal with our brokenness and to reconcile humanity to himself. He did not send somebody else, he did not outsource his responsibilities… he came himself. Jesus is God’s Plan A. The Prince of Peace, in the uncertainties of life. He is like a father who wants the best for his children. He is a Mighty God who is strong enough to make a way through the sea. The One who counsels us on the journey.
So we have asked God for the courage to have no Plan B and no contingency plan… the invitation from God is to continue to trust him unreservedly. So we trust God’s plan for us. We trust He will make a way, and that he will be faithful even when we forget the essence of his nature. Even when we lose sight of what he is doing. He is good and we trust Him! We are not sure when, how and if everything will happen as we imagine. We are not entirely certain what God’s Plan A for us will actually look like, but we are choosing to trust Him.
God has blessed us and so far we have raised around 25% of what we need. It is so exciting to see God move and very humbling to see people like you partnering with us at this time. Our heart is to serve the people who live on the streets of Goiania, who haven’t yet heard of God’s plan for their lives. We cannot wait to share the love we have received with them and to tell them they do not need to be stuck in a plan B, they can live God’s Plan A for their lives. God’s only plan!
Jesus is our Prince of Peace! This Christmas we also want you to remember that God’s plan for your life will come to pass. We want you to know that His plan is still to prosper and bless… Obedience is costly but we can ask God for the courage to stick to His plan. We don’t need to devise alternatives… we just need to trust. In trust there is peace.
We would love to pray for you this Christmas. Please let us know how we can pray for you and we will pray, trusting that his Plan A is the best for you and us.
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