I am a planner.
I plan out everything.
From how long it should take to run errands to every minute of our homeschool day to my life.
OR so I thought…
I am a huge sucker for Hallmark and UP TV movies! I mean…HUGE!! I may or may not have 15 of them still saved on my DVR. Maybe. I not only love them for the “clean” factor, but I also love them for the lessons they give. The ones that really make me think.
Several months ago, a new movie came out on UP entitled “Coffee Shop.” It is a lovely and endearing movie that I watched several times. It hit close to home as I once felt I was never going to fall in love and get married. So, I related well to the main character, Donovan. And I love coffee – so there’s that too.
Toward the end of the movie she is distraught about her love interest and what she feels are lies and betrayal, when a good family friend hands her a note from her mother. It was written to him many years before, but spoke volumes about her situation at the moment. It read:
“Don’t lose yourself in the temporary.
No one has ever seen,
No one has ever heard,
and no one has ever imagined
what God has prepared.”
That line was so powerful to me. It, of course, was almost a direct quote from the Bible, but it really resonated with me. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have worried about what will come.
Or what will happen when…
Or what if…
Truthfully, it’s exhausting.
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor 2:9, ESV)
I get tired of trying to plan it all, because then I have to be there to make sure it is followed through. I lose myself in the temporary all. the. time. It’s true. I get so caught up in what needs to be planned for school. And I worried for days and weeks about what would happen to us, our family, after my husband resigned from his ministry position back in November.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Matt 6:25-27 (ESV)
It was a very difficult situation, but one we knew needed to end. However, soon after, reality set in and I was consumed with worry. So I did the only thing I knew to do – plan. To the point of obsession. On the upside – my posts are planned out through most of the year. On the downside – I haven’t seen my family much for all my planning.
But, I am here to tell you – we serve a RISEN SAVIOR and HE does care for His children!!
Just last week, we accepted a new ministry position in a small town about 30 minutes from where we currently live. They have been so welcoming and inviting. The church owns a parsonage, which we will move in to just a few short weeks from now. There are a few things they need to fix at the house, which they are graciously volunteering their time to do. They have already taken care of us in ways we never even imagined.
If you told me four months ago we would have this new and amazing ministry in just a few short months, I might have laughed in your face. While I believed God would take care of us – and He did – I just couldn’t fathom how it would all work out. All I knew is “that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28, ESV)
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