All things turned for good: a promise
And God has been showing me that everything can be turned for good. The pain that we live in can also be turned for good. It can help me – and people around me – to reevaluate everything. I think of the things that I used to think of as valuable in my life, and now, instead, I focus on the true treasures that have become my foundation. And my heart asks the question, ‘God, what do you want? Where do you want me to go? How do you see my life now in Ukraine?’
God spoke to me and he showed me that when he took the Israelites out of oppression, he used Moses to be a strong leader. But also, Moses had two helpers by his side – Hur and Aaron. Those two were the people who supported Moses, and there was also Joshua who followed him and carried out the tasks that he was given. I can see that, in our lives too, God sends people who will help us – those who will stand next to us and support us. They help hold up our arms so that they won’t drop down. In this way, through his word and through the people around us, we see how God transforms our pain, and he shows us that he has not gone anywhere, but he is right there walking with us.
In Isaiah 8, the Lord says, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And God places the same call – the same challenge – in my heart so that I will respond to him and say, ‘Here I am, send me.’
A foundation to stand on
At the start of the full-scale conflict, there was fear. I had panic in my heart. And God highlighted one story to me. It was in an animated film that I watched. There was an old donkey. It was so old that when it fell down a deep well, it couldn’t get out. There was no water in the well and the owner of the donkey did not want to save the animal as it was old and was of no use to him, so the owner decided to fill the well with earth, and in so doing bury the donkey alive. People started to bring sand and throw it into the well, but as it fell, the donkey shook it off and stood on top of it. After some time, there was enough earth inside the well for the donkey to easily stand on top of and climb out. God showed me that the pain, the challenges – they were just like that sand in that story – the earth that falls on me and covers me. At the same time, this becomes a foundation for me to stand on and to push off to take the next step.
I can see God at work, strengthening me, my team and the people I work with. As he reveals things to us, we can become a helping hand to others who are in difficult situations. As we learn how to overcome the pain, the people around us see and they join us. They see there is escape, there is hope, they know where they go and who leads them! These people have support – they have Hur and Aaron by their side. And they can see that God Himself walks before them.