Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Blessings Below the Surface

I spent some time talking to a missionary's wife this past Sunday evening and she made statement that stuck with me.  She said something to the effect that God had to take her away from what she thought she wanted in order to show her how unhappy she really was. Now that she is where she really didn't want to be (or so she thought), she's happier than she's ever been in her life.  That is what being in the will of God will do. It will give peace and joy that far surpasses what we think will make us happy.

I think that is what these past seven months have been for me.  Aside from our church and the great people there, the south holds nothing for me.  I just don't like it. I'm a Yankee, I like the north and you know, I don't anticipate that ever changing.  Know what else I've discovered?  It doesn't matter what I like! lol  How's that for a revelation?  God's will is not dependent on my likes or my wants!  I'm beginning to find myself eagerly anticipating God placing us wherever He wants us, in part because of what that missionary's wife said to me.  What might God have in store for our family in the presence of total surrender to His will?  The possibilities are endless.

That, however, is not the point of this post. What I really wanted to share is the manifold blessings that the Lord has poured out on our family recently, not because we deserve it but because He is just that good!

I have to start by telling you that when we found out we'd be moving back here, we had no idea where we'd live, but God did. He'd prepared a place for us by putting it on the hearts  of a family in the church to let us stay in a property that they owned, rent free, for as long as we needed.  They didn't know us, they just know our God and God promises to take care of His own.  In turn, we pray that God will abundantly bless this family for their selfless gift to our family.

There are many things along the way that I could tell you about. Like how every time the meal barrel was running low, God provided a little bit of work and a little bit of money to put food on the table or gas in the vehicle. Every time.  But I want to fast forward to earlier this month.

A lady at church came to me and said that the Lord put it on her heart to take me out and have my hair cut.  Now ladies, you know what a difference a hair cut can make and I hadn't been able to do that since we'd moved.  I was so excited!  Not only did we get it cut but colored and highlighted too!  I felt like a princess :)  Sometimes the weight of the world comes off with the dead ends!  During the process of having my hair done, I was conversing with the stylist, who was a relative of the lady who had brought me.  She asked what we were doing for Christmas (she already knew some of our story from her sil).  I told her that we wouldn't be doing much since my husband had been out of work for six months, but that it was ok.  I had come to realize recently just how fragile life can be and we are all healthy!  You absolutely cannot put a price tag on health!

The next Sunday, this lady comes to me and says that her sil had gone to her SS class at church and told them about us and that they wanted to do something for us for Christmas.  Fast forward to this week, they brought us over food and gifts and money to buy things for the girls!  This, from a church who doesn't know us from Adam...but they know my God!

And there are so many other things I could tell you about.  Family who has been so generous in sending gift cards to the girls for Christmas, friends who have been faithful to encourage and pray, little things here and there. All warrant mentioning but this post could get rather long!

I am absolutely in awe at the provision of God. Not that He can provide or even that He does provide.  I guess what makes me stand in awe is how He chooses to use His people as physical extensions of His love for us.  He chooses to allow us the privilege of reaching out to others and being a blessing to them, and in return, we get to receive a blessing.

After eleven years of being on the giving side of "ministry", it has been a humbling experience to be on the receiving end, but it has also been a time of learning and of seeing our Savior's love from a different perspective. 

And in the end, the one big thing I've learned is that Jesus really is all that matters.  As much as I love the Christmas season, it truly isn't about the lights or the {sigh} snow, the presents, or even about family, it is about the One who was born one silent night in a manger; One that was born that He might die to save a lost world from their sin.

If you had told me two months ago that I would be seeing things from this perspective, I'd have laughed at you.  The truth is, I can honestly say that I am thankful for this time of material drought because it has made each of us wealthy in ways that are far more important.

HE IS REALLY ALL THAT MATTERS!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

© Adorning Grace 2011

4 comments:

  1. I loved reading about God's provision in your life. It really blessed my heart. We serve such a Wonderful Lord.

    Christmas Blessings!!!!

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  2. Don't get to visit often but when I do I am always blessed by catching up on your post. Thank you and Merry CHRISTmas. :)

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  3. Your testimony is a blessing, thanks for sharing the Lord's faithfulness. : )
    Merry Christmas!

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  4. Merry Christmas to you and your family Karen. It makes me so happy that God is using all of these southerners to bless your family :) Its just how we are. (We're gonna convert your kids while theyre still young and moldable.)Seriously, I pray that this is the best Christmas your family has ever had. Love you all!

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