Sacred Places and New Beginnings

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This-a hospital of all places-has become a sort of sacred ground for our family. Three years ago it saved my firstborn’s life. Last year it saved both my life and then my second son’s life, and now today in a way it is saving my husband’s life. Because today my husband begins a new future working there. 

Seventeen months ago he lost his job and we were left heartbroken, terrified, and defeated. Picking up the shattered pieces of a life that was once so comfortable and planned out was not easy to say the least. Re-imagining a future that was entirely different than what we hoped for felt utterly impossible. However, God says He is good to those who wait. He is faithful to provide to those in need. And He has been so incredibly faithful! 

For the last seven months we have been so grateful to have our needs provided for through a job a close friend set my husband up with while he looked for something more permanent. Today, after so much long waiting, and thinking that it might never happen, HE IS STARTING THAT JOB!!! 

Will it last forever? I don’t know. Will it be the beginning of a new career for him? I hope so! But ultimately I still don’t know. Not because I don’t believe in my husband, because trust me, I do, oh so much! But because if there is anything I have learned these last few years, it is that nothing can be certain in this life. That is not cynicism speaking. It is reality. No matter how carefully we we plan out every detail of our lives, we can do absolutely NOTHING to control them.  And trying to maintain that control over every little detail will only bring pain and disappointment. The only thing we can do, the only place where true peace and security lies, is in surrendering our every hope, plan and dream to the only One who is in control. The only One who is supremely GOOD, and gives GOOD gifts to His children. He is more trustworthy than than any career plan, boss, or savings account. He did not fail us when Daniel lost his job a year and a half ago, He has not failed us through all the waiting, and He is certainly not failing us now. This new job is a new step toward a good future that He has prepared for us. And THAT is what I do know! 

So today I am thankful that waiting is not endless. I am thankful for answered prayers, and new beginnings. I am thankful for a husband who didn’t give up and is willing to rebuild his life again and commute two hours away to work grave yards in order to do that. I am celebrating that even in uncertainty we can be confident of a good future! 

And if I can be so bold to say so after all that….from where I sit today, that future looks pretty promising. ; ) 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭

The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” Lamentations 3:25

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