My voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.
Psalm 116: 1-2
Yesterday I heard Him remind me to remember.
When I call to mind the ways He has cared for me, the ways he has answered my prayers, my faith soars.
No wonder our enemy wants us to lock our gaze on our circumstances.
“Look at that mountain in your way! You’ll never be able to get past it.”
“Look at that barren land! Your dead womb, your lack of finances, your dead relationship, your inability…”
“Just look at that desert, those giants, that big Red Sea!”
As Dale and I set out to hunt for houses today, I’m carrying this reminder with me. To remember how God has always brought us to a place suitable for us. A place where we flourished in His will.
Even so, I felt my heart sinking around four hours in, and fifteen or so “drive-bys”
We are crossing the river into a leap in housing prices and a reduction of space as well as financial limitations.
I feel things. I feel claustrophobic in areas with close-together houses and junky yards. Though we were not in neighborhoods like that today, still I felt squeezed by the search and imagining life in more confined places.
God heard my cries for help and showed up in my husband insisting on lunch at Green Mill. I thought we needed to grab a roast beef at Arby’s and eat on the journey.
He got a little “fatherly” with me, “I think you need to just chill and let’s sit down together and talk!”
Well, I don’t need a lot of convincing to dine out. 🙂
As we were seated, the smell of chlorine from the adjoining hotel threatened to nauseate me, so I requested being moved outside where it was just a bit too chilly for most-but the fireplace was blazing, we got our jackets out of the truck and had the entire outdoor patio to ourselves.
It was delightful.
I have favorite verses that I often pray boldly for others, but sometimes fail to claim them for myself.
And even so, even when I forget to remember, the goodness and mercy of God chases after me and reminds me that He perfects that which concerns me. Psalm 23:6; Psalm 138:8 He gives me the desires of my heart and works all things for my good. Psalm 37:4; Romans 8:28
We didn’t find a suitable house today.
We pegged 27 possibilities and drove by them. It wasn’t as fun as it has been in the past, but we returned to our temporary home with our hope firmly fixed in God’s perfect timing, leading, and provision.
Because we remember how He has cared for us in the past.
We are resting on His unfailing love and faithfulness. He has a plan and we believe He is good.
Days 1&2: Walking With God [or running or tripping as the case may be]