A few months before my oldest daughter, Rachel, left for India as a single missionary gal in 2004, I had a dream. My little red-headed toddler was running across the lawn straight for the busy road. Cars were zooming this way and that. I ran after her, arms stretched out, reaching, grabbing desperately, but as is often the case in a dream, I could never quite get to her. At last, she plunged into the street. I knew for sure my precious baby would be hit and killed, but when the traffic cleared, I saw a lovely Indian woman clad in colorful sari on the other side of the road, stooping and holding my little Rachel. She was safe.
As God would have it, there have been many Indian “mamas” over the last few years who have taken Rachel under their wings. In addition, the Lord provided my girl with a godly husband only two months after arriving in India. Nathan, a third generation missionary kid who had returned to the States, sensed God leading him back to India to serve. While there, he met Rachel and they were married in June, 2005. Their love story inspired Book One, Journey to Judah, in my Born for India trilogy.
Through this account, God has affirmed Psalm 84:11 in my heart: “The Lord God is a sun and a shield; the Lord God gives grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
Yet often, it is a daily challenge to embrace those words and live by them. One moment at a time, that’s all He asks as the journey continues . . .
What are you struggling to let go of right now? A child? A dream? Share with our readers so that we can all be encouraged to trust God, one step, one day at a time with our cherished children, hopes, and dreams.
Eileen Rife is the author of the Born for India trilogy inspired by her oldest daughter’s missionary call to India. She and her husband, Chuck, conduct marriage seminars in the states and overseas. One of Eileen’s chief delights is encouraging women to discover who they are in Christ and what part they play in His amazing story! http://www.eileenrife.com, http://www.eileen-rife.blogspot.com, http://www.amazon.com/author/eileenrife
One woman. One God. One passion. In a exotic culture of 7.5 million people and over 3 million gods, one woman’s resolve to make the journey results in an amazing story of the Lord’s protection and provision. Could love await her, even in India?