My life has been crazy busy this fall.
Our fall programming has gone into top gear. My DMin has gone into full swing. Lylah is crawling all over the house. Our church is still going through a significant time of transition. And I’ve done a fair amount of traveling for continuing education, fall retreats, and even some vacation.
Toward the end of October, Sara, Lylah, and I met Sara’s parents for a week in Duck Key, Florida. Here was the view from our room where we stayed.
We had such a wonderful time that week. To be honest, I didn’t want to come back home. I had been so busy that I got myself sick before we left, and I was so busy when we came home, that I got myself even sicker. There was so much going on that while we were away, I often found it difficult to take my mind off of the many stressors in my life.
It’s worth noting that Sara’s parents have some friends who let them stay in their beach house each year. So this isn’t the first time we’ve been able to spend time in Duck Key. One night, while enjoying the view, I remembered what was going on the last time we had stayed there.
It was over three years ago. We had just graduated from seminary. And I was in a bad place. I was terrified of the future and all the unknowns that I faced. I had no idea how God would lead us to a place where both Sara and I could work in a church and find joy. I was convinced that Sara would find a church and that I would be stuck at home, feeling like a bum.
I felt trapped. There’s no better way to describe it.
Fast-forwarding to the present, I can say with confidence that God has addressed every single concern that I had from May of 2009. Sara and I both are blessed to work in churches that we love, in a wonderful community, filled with many loving friends. Lylah is a beautiful blessing to us. I am constantly amazed at God’s faithfulness to bring us through every one of my fears.
This realization dramatically shifted my perspective about the stresses I would face when returning home. It was humbling to think that God had taken care of the stresses that consumed me three years ago when I stood in the same spot, peering out over the same horizon. Why couldn’t God do the same thing with my current stressors?
So how have you seen God’s faithfulness recently? You might have to stop and think about where you were a few years ago to see how God has provided for you. You might be surprised at how much God has done. You might also be surprised at how it changes your outlook on your current challenges.
Share some practices that you use to notice what God has done for you in the comment section below.