Friday, June 27, 2014

New Beginnings

 Our newest employee. 
Selling all he has.

Leaving the familiar.

Moving to a new land.

A new climate.
New job.

Traveling many miles to get here.
Actually he is not here yet.
His wife and 3 of his children have made it.
He and his son are still on their way.
Delays and cancellations changed plans.
I look at this family and I think how courageous they are.
Abraham heeded the call to go.
He left all he knew to enter a land God was providing.

Genesis 12:1
The LORD had said to Abram, "Go from your country, 
your people and your father's household to the land I will show you.

God gave a promise when he asked him to do this hard thing. 
He would bless them. 
He would change Abram's name to Abraham because He is a God of second chances. 
New beginnings. 
My prayer for this family is that they would see and know God's blessing. 

Genesis 12:2
"I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; 
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.

Lately we have been learning that God's blessing doesn't always look like we think it should.
We watched as our mother succumbed to the ravages of cancer.
The cancer she called a blessing.
The lessons she learned through the hard times.
The death of our dear, 17 year old son.

 So quickly. So suddenly.

A diagnosis of cancer while the hard work of grieving was just beginning.
The blessings we see as our eyes are opened to the ways God provides
 in the midst of great heartache and turmoil.
How His word never fails. 
He said He would be with us through these times.
And He has never left us. 

2 Corinthians 4:8-9
We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, 
for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

We are beginning a new chapter in this book of life. 
I do not know how this will play out. 
These are blank pages. 
Waiting for the ink to be pressed in. 
For the story to be told. 
The story will be beautiful. Because all the stories by this Author are unique and personal. 
We wait with anticipation to see how He will use this for His glory. 
We need to remain open for His love to pour in. 
He can take an aching heart and gently hold it.
He can guide each step of your weary way; right into His Kingdom. 
Waiting to see How God will write this new beginning. 

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