Written By: Luisa Parish
Our family has been brought into an interesting situation! A few months ago my husband, Corey, received a phone call out of the blue proposing a new ministry position in Southern Ontario. The new position sounded like a perfect fit for our new church and for ourselves. It also came with the added bonus of being closer to our hometown! (Anyone who knows me well will know that I often struggled to be in the North simply because I missed my family so much.)
After much thought and prayer, we decided to take the new job and after a few months we have moved down to Fergus, Ontario. It’s simply the perfect situation for us! Or is it?
Naturally you’d think that I’d be ecstatic over the move – an incredible new town, lots of amazing people, a great ministry position for my husband, and a much closer trip to be with family more often already even!
That would all be amazing if not for one small problem…we’re homeless! We do own a home, of course, but it is about five hours North of us in Sudbury where a very slow moving housing market has held off that coveted “SOLD” sign from our front lawn. Two adults can flow through seasons like this without too much trouble, but when you place our two toddlers into the mix it makes for a very stressful situation hopping from house to house as we wait for our permanent home!
We’ve received an outpouring of love from many people – especially a phenomenal couple who has graciously housed us for the first weeks of our move! – but we still find ourselves floating around and waiting as patiently as we can. Being honest, though, I’ve found myself to be impatient a few times so far as I hurl my questions to God. “Why haven’t You sold our house yet? If You brought us here, why hasn’t the move been made easier?”
Then I recall these words:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
I like to think I know what’s best. What’s best for me, what’s best for my family etc. But I can’t see the bigger picture. I’m not the center of the universe. Things don’t stop because I want them to. He is God and I am not.
Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
to whom belong wisdom and might.
He changes times and seasons;
he removes kings and sets up kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding;
He knows what He is doing; He is taking care of every single one of us. He cares for the wellbeing of my children far more than I do. In these moments, I have to let go of the control and trust Him to take care of us, even if it requires waiting and walking blindly.
Consider these words which God spoke to His people when they, too, were in a strange land without a home to call their own:
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
The more I do this bible study (What Do I know about my God? by Mardi Collier, see previous posts) the more excited I get! The more I read the scriptures the better I see and understand God. I have barely scratched the surface but I’ve seen him work and pull through time and time again. Sometimes we just need little reminders here and there that we are not alone. That He truly does love us, want what’s best for us, KNOWS what’s best for us etc. We just let go of the control and trust Him in all areas of our lives.
Whatever season you find yourself in, I encourage you to take this journey with us. Find out who God really is, so that you can develop a genuinely deep and profound relationship with the God of the universe!
Other scriptures to add to the category of My God wants me to trust him
Psalm 56:3-4; Proverbs 3:5-6; 16:20; Isaiah 26:3-4; Jeremiah 17:5-8; 2 Corinthians 1:9
Until Next Time,