"It is pretty crazy…."
I hear myself say this a lot.
What I really mean is: “I can’t believe that I only have one week left here in the Philippines”
It is amazing how time flies.
I feel like so many days, I don’t really know at all what I am doing.
Working in another culture is hard. I know what to do in the US, but here I am so unsure. It would be so easy if I was just back in the Bay Area.
Yet, I guess that that is the point. It is okay that I don’t really know what I am doing, or where I am going, because Jesus IS with me. HE is guiding me, and he has brought me to this place to teach me, and grow me, and use me. He is here and he has brought me here to reveal in and to me the depths of his grace, love, and truth.
I am here for his work to be made complete in me, and to be a part of his work here. I am here not by accident, but by the will of God.
Sigh, I need to pray more, and rest in God, not myself. Be cause He is with me, and his grace is sufficient.
I will go.
Who am I that you have brought me thus far? And yet this is a small thing in your eyes ….
(2 Samuel 7:18-19)
That is pretty amazing!
3D-printed ‘Cortex’ cast concept puts a modern spin on bone fracture treatment
To anyone that’s ever broken a bone, the negatives of traditional plaster casts are familiar: they’re cumbersome, heavy, and can get rather smelly. Victoria University of Wellington graduate Jake Evill is looking to change all that with his Cortex cast. A mere concept for now, Evill says the cast — which is specifically fitted to each wearer based on X-rays of the fractured bone and a 3D scan of its surrounding limb — introduces many benefits. First and foremost, you’d be able to wear a longsleeve shirt over the lightweight, ventilated nylon cast. The open design is also shower-friendly, unlike bulky plaster casts.
The Cortex would be 3D printed on site, according to Evill, and each cast would be most dense near the location of a wearer’s fracture. “After many centuries of splints and cumbersome plaster casts that have been the itchy and smelly bane of millions of children, adults and the aged alike, the world over, we at last bring fracture support into the twenty-first century,” says Evill. His Cortex cast may still be awkward from a fashion perspective, but it’s a marked improvement over where things stand today.
We tend to make prayer the preparation for our service, yet it is never that in the Bible. Prayer is the practice of drawing on the grace of God. Don’t say, “I will endure this until I can get away and pray.” Pray now — draw on the grace of God in your moment of need. Prayer is the most normal and useful thing; it is not simply a reflex action of your devotion to God. We are very slow to learn to draw on God’s grace through prayer.
-Oswald Chambers in "My Utmost for his Highest" June 26th
Today I woke up at 3:40am to make my 6am flight to Michigan for a week of training for my time in the Philippines.
Despite a few difficulties, I am feeling very provided for.
I had a 6am flight, but I also had a lovely sister to drive me to SFO.
We left a little later then I would have wanted, but I got to the gate in just the right amount of time and boarded my flight.
However, we didn’t leave the gate for another hour due to technical issues. Luckily, my layover in Denver was 4hrs long.
I lost my cell phone yesterday. It had somehow fallen out of my purse. However, my contract is up this month, and I should be able to get a new one soon. It is a little scary flying without a cellphone, but I know that I am in God’s hands and it will come together. And hey, people have been living without cell phones for thousands of years. I should be alright. :)
I got 3 hrs of sleep, but got to sleep for 2 hrs on the plane.
God is SO good. He provides good things for his children. :)
I am so excited to see what God will do in my life and to do missions training!
When Jesus spoke the words, “It is finished,” he shut the door on our efforts to control our life. He put an end to all our strivings to get everything right in our own strength. And he opened the door to a forever rest, to freedom from sin, and to a peace that passes all understanding.
Create in me a pure heart, O Lord.
Let not my heart go after other things…
You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate,
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
and your land Married;
for the Lord delights in you,
and your land shall be married
In a week and a half, it shall be done. All that is left is to run forward with all my might.
Jesus, help me to be faithful, and to honor you with all that I do.
Tonight was good. Sooo beautiful to see the fruit of God’s love in the people you care about!