My daughter—Missing in the Middle East

I’m so thankful I not only have my HH but also an HF “Heavenly Father” who watches out and is with my children especially my youngest two daughters who are not yet married.

As a previous praise report from Yvonne said, my daughter has been traveling extensively on behalf of building RMI helping to expand our borders.

“Every place you walk will become yours: your territory will extend…I tell you this now because you’re just about to cross the Jordan into the land where you’re going to live. The Eternal your God will give it to you; you’ll take possession of it and settle there. And when you do, you must be very careful to obey all the regulations and judgments I’m giving you today.” Deuteronomy 11:24, 31-32 Voice

Upon leaving South Africa Tara’s plane was delayed taking off, so she was informed that she would be unable to make her connecting flight. News she told me before she left Africa.

However, it was after she’d left that it hit me “Did this mean my daughter would be stuck in the Middle East, alone?” That’s when my HH said, “She’s not alone I’m there with her.” So I just smiled, closed my eyes to fall asleep, then immediately envisioned years earlier when I’d missed a connecting flight due to the airline. I remembered how they’d shuttled me, along with everyone else who’d missed their connecting flight, escorting us to a hotel. They also gave us vouchers to buy meals with and I’d smiled remembering how much of a blessing it had been.

I knew what He was telling me so I fell asleep.

Proverbs 3:24 “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

The Voice “Your mind will be clear, free from fear; when you lie down to rest, you will be refreshed by sweet sleep.”

When I woke up there was a text from Tara saying the exact thing He’d shown me! She’d landed and safely been shuttled to a hotel until her flight. Due to all the different time zones, I couldn’t tell if she’s already gotten on her next flight or not, yet I rested knowing her HF was with her. Psalm 37:7 “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.”

It wasn’t until several HOURS had passed that I realized I never got another text from her. While traveling she’s always careful to send a quick text when she lands, is about to take off, and also when she’s reached her destination, which meant— My daughter was missing somewhere in the Middle East.

Of course, the enemy wanted me to focus on this fact, but again, I simply spoke to my HH, her HF, “She’s okay, right?” and I immediately felt a calm washing over me.

More than 12 hours later, after running errands all day, is when I heard a ping and saw her text, “Hi!” I was with my DIL so when Tara asked if she could call I put her on speaker. Thankfully my DIL has enough faith to move mountains so she wasn’t in the least bit phased to hear where Tara had been.

After taking a shower in a posh hotel and eating a meal, a couple of other passengers said they were going to the famous marketplace Souq Waqif, asking if she’d like to join them. She said she sensed she should go, so she went.

Next, they decided to go to see the beach but ended up pooling their money and renting a hired boat!!! Then when the others thought to undress to take a swim, Tara modestly jumped in fully clothed! Actually swimming in the Persian Gulf!!!

When they got back into the boat the skipper told the other two they must get dressed immediately due to the strict modesty laws (I’d heard recently of a man who’d been imprisoned who’d been shirtless). He was then startled to see Tara, asking why she’d kept all her clothes on including her long sleeve shirt. As she began to explain the others said, “It’s because she’s a lady!”

What an amazing experience that only my HH, her HF, could orchestrate for our daughter. Later when she was waiting for her final train to get back “home” in Japan (as she is sharing an apartment with her best friend and cousin), we talked hours about what He’d done. It brought us even closer as mother and daughter than before— due to our shared trust and ultimate awe of Him. How exciting to be able to pass on my greatest joy—what an abundant life feels like when you are willing to live it for and with Him!!!

~ Erin in Missouri

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Proverbs 11:24–25 “There is one who scatters [Praise], and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds [Praise] that is justly due [Him], and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered.”