I just read one of my last posts, God is Faithful to Lead and to Guide and I was blessed to read it again. We continue to be in such a season of change in our lives and in the ministry that it is so comforting to know that as we seek him and acknowledge Him that He does direct our paths.
Have you ever thought you knew what God is doing and ended up totally wrong?
Do Not Boast About Tomorrow
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will[g] go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
When we think we have out tomorrows figured out, beware as we do not know what will happen tomorrow. I want to share with you what has happened in our lives the last few months to give God glory for HIS PLAN, not ours. As I share what we have gone through,keep in mind, God was in control of everything and still is…it may not have gone exactly as we had thought, but HIS WILL IS BEING DONE!
In May of this year Pastor Rick and I went away to Ga for a Christian Conference. We were very blessed and as we drove home we talked about my mom and how I wanted to spend more time with her, so we decided I would spend Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with my mom. My mom was getting older and she was having some memory issues, so after a few weeks, we KNEW in our hearts it was time for us to move in and be there for her.We had told the Lord long ago when mom needed us we would be there. So the Lord laid on our hearts it was time to move to moms. My siblings all agreed that someone needed to be there and they were grateful that we could do it. So the process started, Rick began packing up the trailer and I stayed at moms full time. Rick was blessed to go to Colorado to meet his sisters and brothers for the very first time, so while he was gone, I finished up the moving as by this time of June 15th my mom was put in the hospital for a high white blood count. So while mom was in the hospital we moved totally in the house thinking God had moved us here to for the last years of her life. We moved all of our belonging on July 10th, Rick returned on the 12th and we turned the trailer back to the park on the 14th. We had originally planned to keep the trailer till the 30th but the park said if we were out by the 15th we didn’t have to pay July’s rent, so we changed the plans to be out by the 15th.Little did we know, why this change was made.On July 19th Pastor Rick felt the leading of the Lord that it was time to close the ministry in Zephyrhills and God would be starting a new thing here in Tarpon. God had provided a safe place for our people as we were having afternoon service in the building with another church and the people knew and felt comfortable with the pastor and congregation and just moved to the first service. So here we are beginning a new journey and excited to be here with mom. What we did not know is that on July 21st God was going to call mom home to be with Him.James 4 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
So the last years of moms life turned out to be the last days of her life. I stand here today very blessed that we were here and I was able to care for her during that time. I miss her so much, but I know she is with the Father!
I shared this whole story with you, to show you how as we follow the leading of the Lord, we only see in part and what you think He is doing may not be what He is doing. We know God called us to make this move and that he even got us out of the trailer early so we wouldn’t go back, if we had waited to turn the trailer over till the 30th and mom passed on the 21st we may have gone back, but God has a plan. We don’t see the whole picture yet, but we trust Him with every step.
Isaiah 55:8-9New King James Version (NKJV)
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
So my friends, whatever you are going through, I want to encourage you to Re-focus on Jesus as I said in my last blog and trust Him that as we acknowledge Him in all our ways, He will direct our Paths. Prov 3: 5 and 6.
So as we are all on this journey of life until God calls us home, continue to Trust him to make a way where there seems to be no way and to Praise Him in every situation as He KNOWS WHAT HE”S DOING!!
Thank you Father for being with us through the seasons in our lives that at the time seems so confusing and unbearable. Thank you for the Comfortable and the Prince of Peace that cover us and lead us through to the next season. I pray for each person reading this, that you would continue to lead and guide them and direct their paths. Lord WE TRUST YOU!
God Bless You,