We’re Being Set Up

A little over a year ago, I posted this picture with the following caption on Facebook:


“A week or two ago, someone very dear to me told me they wanted to pay off one of my student loans. No reason, just because they love me. I woke up this morning to an email, telling me that the pay-off had been applied to my account. Happy tears immediately filled my eyes, and I was suddenly struck by something even more incredible. The heaviness of my spiritual debt doesn’t condemn me anymore because it’s already been paid for. I didn’t deserve my student loan being paid off, and I didn’t deserve my sin debt being paid off. As overwhelmed with joy as I am over this financial blessing, I’m even more overwhelmed that the God who created everything thought I was worth dying for. How neat is it that the most random things can point us back to the grace of God?? Today and every day, no words are better than Paid in Full.”

After reading about this incredible outpouring of grace, my good friend Clifford Cox told me that his instinctive reaction to it was “Whoa! What’s God doing over at the Hendrickson house?? He must be setting them up for something big.” And you know? I think he was right. Since that conversation, endless seemingly-random events have woven their way into the Hendrickson household, too many to be coincidental.

Our worldview has evolved.
Our living situation has evolved.
Our church has evolved.
Our relationships with friends have evolved.
Our roles in ministry have evolved.
Our finances have evolved.
Our readiness for kids has evolved (aka, we got a giant dog).

Our life together feels a little like dancing on the edge of a spinning plate right now, but it also feels like we’re on the edge of something great. No clue what it is, but I’m excited. Please be in prayer for us in this season of newness and unknown-ness! While I’m waiting for the next steps to be uncovered, I’ll be clinging to this promise:

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.'”
— Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)

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