The Williams family has been slammed by sickness. What may appear as a cold, fever, and chills, actually feels like death. Seriously. I know I am prone to exaggeration, but this illness makes you wish death would take you. The extreme exhaustion and pain behind the eyes is horrific. We all got it.
As if some crazy jungle borne illness wasn’t enough, our friends were visiting. The extrovert in me cries at the thought of missing out on 5 great days of laughing and talking. They were very understanding and played for hours with the girls (who were feeling great!).
As I laid in bed, I got 2 amazing emails that I want to share with you. First, I got an email from a dear friend who had been tracking our illness and praying. She set up 24 hours of prayer for our family. Some of our friends in Madison each took an hour to pray for our healing and effectiveness while we are in Indonesia. Amazing. The love we felt from the other side of the world is inexplicable.
The other email came from a dear friend of what she was praying for us. It was titled “Unhindered”. The article and verses explained the use of the Greek term “unhindered” throughout the New Testament. To be “hindered” is to be held back, restrained, something that stops something from moving forward. To be “unhindered” is to be set free, allowing something to advance, to move forward.
As we read through the email, it resonated with us. We were feeling “hindered” because of this illness. As we stopped to pray again, and realized how many people were praying along with us, we were assured of God’s plans and purposes.
In Acts 20:22-24 it says, “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me, the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” We are facing hardships, but realize the cost is worth it as we spread the Good News to those here in Indonesia.
“Hindrances” followed Paul throughout his life, as recorded in Acts. However, the Gospel was also spread in some amazing ways and reached the far ends of the earth. Acts ends with this verse, “Boldly and without hindrance, Paul preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.”
We have met some amazing people in our journey here and have had the chance to share “the Hope that is within us” to new friends here. We pray that through our hindrances, the light of Jesus will shine bright. Even the plague seems more bearable with an army of friends joining in our ranks!