To all of you who have prayed for our family this past week, we couldn’t be more appreciative. Flyboy’s surgery was successful, but these first few days have been hard…true after any major surgery. Tomorrow will be a better day!
God’s will is always perfect, and we’ve seen evidence of his hand on our lives in many ways during these recent and challenging days.
Here are a few examples:
- Before we ever knew when Flyboy would be having surgery, God knew that some dear friends would need a place to land between house closings. It was our pleasure to welcome them! He also knew that it would be a huge blessing to us to have them here. From shopping and making meals to mowing our 2-acre lawn to helping me get Flyboy back to bed when he had no strength…our friends have been here for us, and we are so thankful for them.
- Our daughter saw her surgeon on Friday and was able to schedule her cholesteoma removal and inner ear reconstruction during the week I’m already scheduled to be visiting her. I’m so thankful to be able to help while she recuperates.
- And of course, we continue to rejoice over the sure-to-be cancer diagnosis that wasn’t. Holy cow. We are still reeling in relief and overflowing with thanksgiving.
There have been times in my life when I have felt the particular hand of God, whether leading, guiding, or providing. The past month has been just that kind of season – God has been present and active, and walking in his plan has been life giving and we are filled with peace.
I’d wager you’ve had times in life when it seemed like God was a million miles away and all forms of communication were non-operational. Maybe it felt like he’d given up on you once and for all, as if he’d never cared about you in the first place. Perhaps you felt (or feel?) alone and on your own to figure life out. I know, because I’ve been there. It reminds me of the woman who complained to her husband that they no longer sat next to one another in the car like they had when they were younger. He said, “I’m sitting right where I’ve always sat. I’m not the one who moved!” This is a great reminder when we are tempted to blame God for turning his back on us: he’s not the one who moved! He is right where he’s always been, and he has never stopped caring. If I’m feeling a distance between him and me, I need to self-examine and figure out at what point I kept going straight when God took an exit.
I have seen God in technicolor and heard him loud and clear this past week. I pray you have or will, too. Feel free to share in the comments any God-sightings you’ve had – we’d love to hear from you!
As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.
— Acts 4:20 (NIV)