Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Something happened that caused my husband and I to really think and pray. We’d been quietly looking at land in various places for a while. A couple of conversations recently confirmed what we were sensing.
It’s time to move.
My husband moved up here to help a friend. But looking back, he sees it was an immature decision. And the friend really should have asked someone local, not expect a person to move across country when they were settled. However, I told my husband that God knew the youth of you both. He knew you’d do it. There was a purpose in it. When my husband and I married, we were friends together.
Much has happened in those years. Those friends have left, and we’ve experienced many trials. We tried to fit in various places. But oddly-almost spiritually-it would fall apart. It was a couple of years ago that someone first suggested that maybe we’re in the wrong place. Maybe God has something else for us. Now we are seeing more evidence of it.
Some have not understood our journey. We’ve been misjudged and misunderstood many times. We’ve sinned and made mistakes too. I even had someone tell me I seem hopeless. No, it’s not that. We are puzzle pieces trying to fit where we don’t belong.
Where will this take us? I don’t know. There are several places we are researching. The city life just isn’t for us. That much is clear.
(I promise I’m tying this together) I’ve taken up birdwatching recently. Not formally, just allotting time to watch them each day. A few neighbors have bird feeders and they are well used. Feasted on by squirrels and wild turkeys too. They are a physical reminder of this verse….
Matthew 10:31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
If God’s eye is on the sparrow, it surely is on us. I am taking comfort in that.
Those that failed to walk in the love of Christ with my family aren’t awful people. They need to grow. For that they have my prayers. But I have actually never been more forward focused than I am now.
I declare my family will be amazed at what God does and where He leads. I pray that you dare to believe you can be amazed too.
Everything we have, and you have, experienced God will use. Someday we will meet people who will need our testimony. And perhaps, if nothing else, those whose expectations we couldn’t meet will learn how to love the Laurels out there. We aren’t bad. In fact, God has formed much goodness. The trials produced gold. But one has to take time to see past the lump of coal.
I challenge you to let God lead you. Even in wild, deep waters. He is so good. Meditate on that.
Job 37:5 God thunders wondrously with his voice; he does great things that we cannot comprehend.