I think I am in the eye of the storm. Between the job losses and the financials and now the health struggles – the wind has been whipping at our family pretty consistently. There is much swirling around us. And I’ll be honest – I have moments of shakiness. Moments where our circumstances seem, well, insane. But underlying it all there is this calmness – this foundation that is not shaking. This realization that God is no less God today than He was before all this craziness began. And the realization that I really do trust him.
This trial is good for my soul. I do know that. I have been confronted with my own powerlessness. There is NOTHING I can do to help this situation. (Believe me – we have tried it all.) Jesus is all and He has us here for a reason. I have learned that I don’t need rosy circumstances to love my Lord. It reminds me of Job – when his friends told him to curse God and die. I don’t think it ever occurred to Job to do that – God had already given Job the faith to withstand the trials. I love my God. He is good. He cares for me – for my family. He is near. I know He loves me. And I love that He has grown me to a place where I can say that with all honesty. I was ready for this storm – He had prepared my heart already. What a blessing. Not only that – but I have seen, in this time, the church shine. And by church, I don’t mean buildings or systems. I mean the people in whom Christ dwells. We cannot measure the blessings of the friends and family the Lord has given us in this time. Chances are good if you are reading this you are a part of that body. THANK YOU. We love you.
I am thankful for this storm. I decided when I started this blog that I was going to live my life on the pages of it openly and honestly. Even to a fault. And I know that I am having a chance to demonstrate to myself and to the world that I trust the God who provides. That is an honor.
I am a visionary girl. I like to go on walks and imagine the future. I can see that the Lord is going to, soon, open a door for my husband. I know the talent my husband has – and it is amazing. I have watched even this time of great trial grow him – this trial has been good for his soul too. There is no one in this world I respect more than my husband. He walks with integrity and righteousness, fearful of no man, following Christ. He gives himself and the gifts the Lord has given him freely to the Lord and the church. He loves people and wants to see them worship. I know that the day will come when he gets to do that fulltime in a church he loves. And in the meantime, we will do whatever it takes to survive and make income during the week so that he can do what he’s called to do on weekends and in his spare time for wonderful churches like Keystone and Fellowship. He is called – what else can we do? He was made to do this. To not do it doesn’t occur to him. And I love that.
I also can see the future for us adopting. I can see our Gotcha Day. I can see the hands and feet of our children. I can see the family photographs that look like my precious friends who have gone before us (the Weimers, the Teabos, the Footes) – these beautiful rainbow families of children from all over the world. None of these financial trials have any bearing on that vision. I can see it. My God is bigger. I cannot WAIT for the day.
This storm, this time, it is good for my soul. And this storm does not change the future the Lord has for us. So I hold my breath and hope because I know that when this storm passes, it’s going to be a beautiful day.