“So how are you all liking your new space?”
“Oh my goodness, it has made such a difference, words cannot describe! It’s incredible how smoothly our logistics are working now! It reminds me of how the household ran when we had only four or five children!”
Not long ago, a friend and I were chatting. She’s a close friend and older sister in the faith who is walking closely with the Lord through hard places. So I confided in her, “Life seems too easy now. It’s so easy that I know the next challenge is coming soon! He didn’t provide this upgrade just to make things all comfy and convenient for us. He gave it to us because He knew we’d need it to be ready for something we couldn’t handle without it. I don’t know which direction it’s coming from, but it’s coming!”
Two days later…oh boy, it came.
Now, this time I can’t tell you all about it, because it involves information that needs to be confidential for the sake of other people, but I still want to attest to the faithfulness and love of the Lord towards us. Over the past week and a half (appropriately enough), I have needed to do some of the most intense mothering I’ve ever done in my life. As our family weathered a storm that would have terrified us a dozen years ago if someone had described it to us, Joe and I have marveled to see Him ministering through us, pouring out abundant rivers of His grace through our neediness, His strength through our exhaustion and our pathetic weakness, and His healing through our brokenness. What He is doing is marvelous in our eyes and we praise Him!
And yes, the household logistics passed the test. We’re even caught up on the laundry. What do You have for us next, Lord? As long as You are in the midst of us, we will not be moved.
“…our home is not a projection of our image but a space in which we work to display the image of Christ. Home…points to the fact that the Lord is our refuge.”
~Gloria Furman, Missional Motherhood