Journal Entry #7: SRL Medellin – July 15, 2021
Dr. Del Belcher, SRL Executive Administrator
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” -Luke 12:6-7
So often we wonder whether or not God is in the details, that His great providence really includes His care for us in the small things of life. Christ’s own words quoted above, leaves no doubt of His promise…but can we really take Him seriously in this? We know we can but then, even when we doubt, He is patient with us and shows us how faithful He is to His promises. During my trip, I had experience after experience that affirmed this promise to me.
On the Fridays of the last class sessions at SRL in Medellin, it is the students’ practice to wear white shirts and ties! For me, I wanted to “follow suit”, to wear my dress slacks, white shirt, with tie and sport coat. However, when I looked for my belt, I could not find it… and then realized that I had not packed it for the trip! Now I know, a belt is not everything and that the sport coat could hide the fact that I was not wearing a belt, but it irritated me that I had forgotten to pack the belt I had laid out! However, without the belt, I went to class.
During a break, I told Ronal, my translator, how dumb I felt for not packing my belt. While saying this, one of the students overheard me and immediately began asking a couple other students who were around my size if they had a belt I could borrow. Three students had belts that were brown… but I needed black, and they still were not the right size. Then one student, about my age, came up with his belt in hand, a black and brown reversible, in like-new condition. It looked just right… but I tried it on. My friends, it was a perfect fit and match for what I needed. We all laughed out loud for the amazing provision of God in this. I then had a belt for the same clothes I would wear to preach that Sunday.
Afterward, I went to give it back to him…and he would hear nothing of it! He was so glad to serve me as I had been serving him and his course-mates that week. The exact belt… God is in the details and provisions.
Then, the day before all of this, I realized I had forgotten to pack my dress white shirt! I had to have one for the last day of class and for Sunday. I asked brother Benjamin, the SRL Communications Director in Medellin, if he could take me to a shop to purchase one. The stores had the 18” neck size I needed, but apparently when in Colombia, if you have that neck size, the shirt is huge! Benjamin then suggested that we purchase the shirt and take it to a tailor that was in the mall. So, for an amazingly low price, I had the shirt tailored. When I received it Friday morning for class and then for Sunday, it fit perfectly.
Not only this, but Benjamin had the shirt beautifully embroidered with Seminario Reformado Latinoamericano on the breast pocket! He said, with a huge smile, “You are the only one in America with this embroidery work on your shirt!” It really made the shirt more than I had ever hoped for.
These may seem like insignificant things… but my brothers and sisters, if God knows the numbers of hairs on our heads, which really seems like ancillary information, how much more does He care when things really matter… like wondering if He is ever-present with us. His faithfulness in the small things confirms His faithfulness in the things that matter as He confirms with us that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.