Two years ago today, my husband was hundreds of miles away from me. In a job interview. We prayed before the interview that if it was what God wanted, that they would offer him the job, IN the interview. God did more.
They offered him the job, and then he got a call from another company in the area (as he was walking out of the first interview) who he had applied with months before, and they wanted to interview him. Immediately. And they offered him a job, IN the interview. Two job offers. In one day. Only God.
Meanwhile back in Indiana, we were scraping by. We had no steady income for two years. Only because of precious friends and family, were we not homeless. Only God.
I woke up the day after mothers day, and our son Elliott had a very high fever. A fever that would not go down. Then he began to have a seizure. It was terrifying. Elliott was hospitalized while a myriad of tests were done, at one point I was told he could have bone cancer. Literally, it seemed as if every hour another diagnoses was thrown around the room. Then tests would come back, inconclusive. I do not know what I would have done without our Church family. I was rarely ever alone in that hospital room. My other three Children were loved and doted on and I never worried about their care. God showed me, that no matter where we were, HE would always be with us. And using His Body of Believers to help us in our time of need.
Over all of it, I can look back and SEE God's hand. Protecting, guiding, comforting. He had to take us down that road, to make us realize that He would provide. That we didn't need everything we thought we did. That He can prompt complete strangers to step in and help you. Family can't and sometimes won't be able to help you, I learned to not put my faith in them. And to not hold them to that, it's okay.
I learned to put my entire trust and faith in God. Not people.
(Riley in Intensive Care, a few months after we moved.)
Flash Forward to today, and we are scheduled to move again in two weeks to Atlanta. My husband has been offered a promotion through his employer. Something we never would have imagined or would have seen coming. All God.
I have caught myself acting like an Israelite. Never heard of them? Well, they are God's chosen people, who God DID SO MUCH FOR! And they kept forgetting. Then worrying, and taking matter's into their own hands. Pretty much what I was doing last week. The anxious thought's of, "How will we ever find a house?", "How can I move again, to a place I am so unfamiliar with.", "How will I manage without family right next door?".....You name it, I've thought it. #lame.
And then I took these pictures, NONE of this stuff was our's two years ago! Sure, we had a few things we brought with us to Georgia. But, seriously. This living room, it was empty. This house, didn't look like this.
He lead us to a community that rallied around us, and helped us SO INCREDIBLY much! It's going to be so hard to say see you later to family and friends here. But I have a steadfast anchor of Hope for my family.
Jesus has been with us through it all.
In the dark lonely ER, in the ICU, in the empty house, in the church search, in the days and weeks of waiting for test results, in the diagnoses, in the treatment, HE has ALWAYS been faithful.
He spared us from sorrow upon sorrow, we came so close to loosing our son, and then another son. And I can honestly say, had we tasted that bitter sorrow, we would still say "Blessed be the name of the Lord.". I am so grateful we were spared that sorrow, but the truth remains, death will come one day. Loss will come one day. BUT IT IS NOT THE END! If you put your trust in Jesus, He will not leave you, and you will one day be with Him forever. In a BEAUTIFUL perfect home. How grateful I am for God's promises, I have claimed Isaiah 40 over these last few years of trials. And truly, can testify that He gives strength and hope, and restores what the locust has taken. I am just in awe of Him.
If you are struggling,
and would like to hear a VERY encouraging message on overcoming darkness,
(He was guest speaking at this church.)
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
P.S. If you or someone you know is looking for a house to rent in Warner Robins Ga, feel free to contact me. This house will be available soon! I want my brother and sister in law to have awesome neighbors! :)