Friday, March 18, 2016

Growth in the Uncertain

    So many people view change as a bad thing. They think that everything should always remain the same so that they can feel comfortable and understand what their role is and should be. While many times I fall into this group, I also understand that change can be an opportunity to grow and to learn. God doesn't present our lives with new situations and difficulties just to watch us squirm. He places situations and difficulties in our lives to help us to grow and to become more like Him.

    Over the past two months, so much has happened in my life. My daughter was born at the end of January, easily one of the greatest days of my life. She is so precious and sweet. My son has begun to learn what it means to be a big brother and to care for his sister, which he does with great vigor and joy. To see his face light up when asked to help care for her is one of greatest joys that a parent can experience. I released my first book, which I published on my own. It was a fun experience and I hope that it is a blessing for those who read it. (If you would like more information on it, please go to the 5 Solas tab at the top of this page.) I was offered and accepted a new job in Boston, and therefore will be moving from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts in the next couple of weeks. This is all while we are in the midst of figuring out how to sell our house and what to do with all of our stuff in the mean time.

    God continually keeps reminding me that He is in control and as long as we rely on Him and trust Him, that He will care for all of our needs, just as He has promised. I hear so many people that are scared and worried about taking a leap of faith to go in a new direction for their life. They are worried about money and worldly concerns. However, Jesus told us that our Heavenly Father cares for us more than the birds of the air. Therefore, we should trust Him to provide for us and not worry about what is going to happen and how all of the details are going to work out. Now, I am not saying that we shouldn't do our parts to plan what we can, but there are times when we must rest in His grace and mercy in order to glorify Him.

    Does it scare me a little bit that I am leaving my house and job here in PA for an unknown experience in Boston? Sure it does, and I think that is natural. However, it is how I react to this situation that will determine how I experience it. If I were to freak out and stress about everything that could go wrong or that I do not know about, then how would that glorify my Father? It wouldn't. Therefore, I am resigned that no matter what comes my way, I am going to remain open to what the Lord has planned for me and my family. He will provide for our needs, just as He has done my entire life. He will care for us in ways that many people will never understand. He has provided an opportunity to live near our family, which if you have read my blog for any amount of time I am sure you would understand is extremely important to me. For, I believe that through the dynamics of the family we are shown the most glorious and wonderful examples of God's love for His children.

    I would ask for prayer. Prayer that I would remain strong in my resolve to glorify God through all things. To trust Him no matter the circumstances. To worship Him in every situation that I may face. To understand that I am alive by the power and will of God, and therefore the things that I need to live will be provided for me until the day He calls me home.