As I was deleting e mails from this past year, I came across several from last summer that took me on a little trip back in time. E mails from our realtor about our home being listed, quotes from moving companies and pet relocation agencies, listings of houses we liked, airline confirmations from Phx to Charlotte… I was left in awe as I reflected back to these moments during a time that was a whirlwind of life change!
As we now sit on this side of the plans that were being made last summer, I was reminded of the Lord’s goodness and how He has carried us through them! I thank Him daily for the place He has brought us to in this new season we are in. But to actually reflect back into moments of time when we were in the midst of a whirlwind of stress and emotion, it was a gift!!
God is so good! -yet often the little miracles He provides go un-noticed as they get swept up into the pile of “to do’s” or just simply missed in our preoccupations of where we are currently at. It is in these moments of reflection where He gives us a gift wrapped up in reminders of where we once were and appreciation for how far we have come.
The Lord cares about our journey as much as He cares about our destination. He is in all of our moments- and I don’t want to ever take for granted His presence and His companionship along the way. Even in life’s pain I believe we can always look back and see God’s goodness around and through it. He brings beauty out of the ashes just the same as He brings joy from answered prayer. The process it takes to get from one to the next, is all a part of the refinement of our faith.
Don’t ever be afraid to look back in life’s review mirror and reflect on the process. The Lord will reveal to you His gifts he provided that may have been missed along the way.
With love – April
1 Corinthians 13:12 (MSG)
We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!