Saturday, October 9, 2010

Like Grandaddy said, "Hope is hope."


What a week!

As our family (and by family, I mean pretty much Mr. Wonderful and I),
adjusts and repositions in light of Monday's event, we are hopeful.

Hebrews 11:1 tells us that
"...faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."

Let me tell you what we do not see.

What we do not see is a job.
What we do not see is a location.
What we do not see is a time line.

What we do see are God's promises.

Promises to never leave or forsake us. (Deut. 31:6)
Promises that He knows the plans He has for us. (Jer. 29:11)
Promises that He will meet all our needs. (Phil. 4:19)

Over the past 14 years Mr. Wonderful have faced a lot of "unexpecteds".
The sudden, separate loss of two parents.
Babies.
Financial changes.
Relationship changes.
With each one, large or small, God has provided us opportunities
to grow, to allow Him to refine our character and to bring Him glory.
Did we always comply?
Puh-leeeze!

But that is what this experience is really about.

It isn't about what entity Mr. Wonderful will work for next.
It isn't about what our geographical location will end up being.
It isn't about whether our standard of living will increase or decrease.
Those things are temporal and can change for anyone, at any time.

What this is all about is the eternal.

Are we about the work of the Kingdom of God, loving Him and loving others?
Are our hearts and eyes firmly fixed on the Home that will last for all eternity?
Are we about giving to others from the resources we have to give?
These things are eternal.

Are we completely compliant?
Puh-leeeze!

This week has been a lesson in being married.
In Mars and Venus.
Spaghetti and Waffles.
Men and women.
It has not been completely pretty. But it has been refining.

And it has been an opportunity for me to look on my husband
with a renewed sense of pride and admiration
as he steps up to be pretty stinking incredible.

And it has been an opportunity for me to look on my God with confidence
that He is not only able to do immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine,
but He will.
Although His timetable is rarely the same as ours.

So I say again,
Watch and see!

It may not all be pretty from my end,
but it is going to be amazing when God gets us where we are going!
Watch and see!

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