July 17, 2009

Now We Shall See What God Will Do, pt. 3

If you haven't read Pt. 1 or Pt. 2 in our saga of unemployment and relocation, you can find them here and here.

Nearly midnight. Can't sleep. I enjoy naps too much. :p My heart is full. My eyes are, too. Full of blessings. Full of missing. Full of wondering.

The Lord is truly gracious. No doubt about it. We don't deserve to be so blessed. Well, maybe Jason does. I know I don't.

Next Saturday we will see the end of this five month chapter of our lives. We will see the page turn, a new heading given, our new life truly begin. Next Saturday, we move into the most beautiful, wonderful house and into a brand new future. More on that later . . .

Five months. I never dreamed Jason would be unemployed so long. I never thought the journey would bring us here, though God dropped plenty of hints along the way. Two months into this adventure, while hopes rose and fell and our path became unclear to us, God gave me Isaiah 30:21:

"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it.'"

He knew just when I needed to hear this, and I clung to this promise for many, many weeks. Jason went through job interview after job interview. Our spirits soared while we waited for word, and fell when the companies hired someone else. Still God was faithful; He remained constant even as we doubted, wondered, questioned, and worried.

When Jason came to me with a plan to move to Washington, I knew immediately it was from the Lord. He gave me Psalm 118:23 & 24 as confirmation:

"The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

If those two verses weren't enough, the entire psalm speaks of God's deliverance and protection, how we cry out to Him and how He always, always answers us. In faith, we packed our belongings, loaded a rental truck, and drove 1800 miles north. In faith, we put our stuff into a storage unit, moved in with my in-laws, and waited. After four months of waiting and a long three-day drive, we arrived to hear the Lord say "Wait some more."

Another job fell through, and I began to think we might live in a pop-up trailer forever. Then the Lord gave me Psalm 66:10-12:

"For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance."

The very next day, Jason received a phone call offering him a job. He started yesterday. After two days of searching, and through a series of supernatural circumstances, we found an amazing house for an amazing price. I still can't believe it's ours; after five long months of famine, we've truly come to a "place of abundance" and I cry out with the psalmist "Let me tell you what He has done for me!" (Ps. 66:16).

Five months. A very long journey, full of changes both major and minor. A faithful God, who has walked every mile with us. An all-powerful God, who whisperes to me that He has still more plans for our family. Plans I know I couldn't possibly conceive. Just like I couldn't possibly have seen, five months ago, where we would be now.

I don't deserve to be so blessed.

I know ya'll will be anxious to hear about this amazing, wonderful house, and I promise to have pictures and details up soon. But tonight friends, let us ponder and remember what an amazing, wonderful God we serve.

"Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!" Ps. 66:20.


Linds said...

I cannot wait to hear about your house and see pictures and hear about Jay's new job!! I'm so happy for you both!!! This is awesome news!!!

LeAnna said...

I'm so happy for you, girl! Can't wait to hear all about the new casa. God is so good, isn't He??

Jennifer said...

Isn't God good? :)

Mama Sue said...

Hey Kiddo,
write so eloquently. It is such a pleasure reading your blog.
God's blessings are upon you and yours. I rejoice with you.
I miss you VERY much and hope to see you soon.
Love, Mom

La Petite Maison said...

YAY! We were praying for you guys, during our getaway in Palm Springs (we're crazy). I'm sorry that I just found about this now; so behind in my blog reading/ posting. Congratulations to you both, and praise to God for His awesome work! By the way, my bro-in-law's girlfriend fell in love with Seattle during a recent trip. We just need to convince Josh to move back to the Northwest (even though it's more liberal than Cali!).