“Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it?” Isaiah 43:19
Covid really changed up our lives and there were unexpected blessings, hardships, and now new things. But instead of dwelling on the heartaches of Covid and 2020 let’s look at God’s grace, mercy and great love for us. As the entire world was sat down and made to be still, God began speaking to us and showing us what was missing. In our busyness we were not plugged in to our family as much as we needed to be, work (the cabinet shop) was difficult to keep up with and we were on the go so much that even our preparation for ministry suffered. Fortunately, God can use anybody and He used us even in our weakest, exhausted and most unprepared states for His Glory and His Kingdom. I wouldn’t trade the past few years of prison ministry for anything, it was one of the most precious and amazing times of our lives and I am so thankful I got to be a part of it.
Change is hard and when things come to a halt it is sometimes hard to see what the next step may be. It’s at these times that obedience is key and faith is held. If I believe God, if I trust God is who He says He is and that His Word is true then I don’t have anything to worry about, it’s gonna be okay. His ways are higher than my ways, His thoughts are higher than my thoughts. “Be still and know”…remember who He is!
God is not surprised by anything, and He has a beautiful plan for His children. This new season, the new thing(s) He is doing is exciting. We are trying to be more intentional with our kids, granddaughter, our family and God is opening so many doors to serve Him with our callings. James is filling in at our home church now and then and pulpit supply preaching in upcoming months. I have been asked to lead worship in so many places and am so blessed to walk through each open door of opportunity. I recently started a small business doing graphic design to make some extra income, I get to lead a Worship Camp for high schoolers this Summer, I’ve gotten to have quality granddaughter time, and so much more.
God wants our willingness and obedience to say yes to His plans and no to ours. It may not always look like what we think it will or wish it would but you can count on His plan being better than anything we try to hold on to or force. Aren’t you thankful for an almighty God that is control of everything? I sure am.
“Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.” Psalm 128:1