Monthly Archives: October 2015
Here I am in a place of transition. I have just left my full-time job of 11 years to work from home! I have no doubt the Lord ordered my steps in this, but as with any change, there is a lot of new data to digest about the job and the impact it has on all other areas of my life. Also, my baby boy, who was nine months old at my college graduation, has just applied to my (and my husband’s) alma mater, so I am anticipating this transition as well.
Our family is no stranger to change, as you can see by this basic timeline of the early days of our family.
1998: Had our first son. Husband graduated college.
1999: Moved to Texas. I graduated college.
2000: Had our second son. Moved to Colorado.
2002: Moved back to Tennessee.
As much as our lives were in transition those first six years, they have remained basically constant the last 13. Though I did change jobs once, we had our third son, my husband obtained his Master’s degree, and we faced a number of challenges, we have—for the most part—been in a nice comfort zone of relative stability.
But lately I have been asking the Lord what He is up to. I am trying to understand what His plans are and what He expects from me at this point in our journey. I am certain that He is using this time in my life to stretch me or grow me in certain areas, though I’m not entirely certain what areas or how.
So I was seeking Him about this this morning.
Then I heard geese.
I am the last one in our family anyone would consider a nature enthusiast, but those geese got my attention. The lovely thing about working from home is I can hear geese, and when I hear geese, I can go outside and see the geese. While that’s nice, realizing this benefit is not what God wanted me to see from them.
The moment I saw them, I was reminded and knew with everything in me that I don’t need to know what God is up to anymore than those geese need God to explain to them what to do when October and cold weather come around. They flew in perfect formation, and went exactly where they were supposed to be going, because that’s what He created them to do. I am well aware that humans are far more complex than geese, but there is still a lesson to be learned from them. If the God of all creation cared enough to give a plan and purpose to the geese, He certainly cares enough to do the same for us.
Matthew 6:25-27 (NLT) sheds some light on this: “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”
The bottom line is: TRUST. The same God who created the geese and gave them their purpose can be trusted to reveal to us what we need to know, when we need to know it—but not a moment before. In the meantime: “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need (Matt 6:33, NLT).”
[And just in case I needed further proof that the Lord was speaking to me, He certainly provided it. I had already typed up the above portion of this, and shared it with my husband. I was even thinking I’d post it, but hadn’t. I decided to do a little work and my Bible study lesson for the day, and I would get around to posting later. Well, I suppose that was just the Lord proving He knows best. My lesson today is from Beth Moore’s “Daniel” study. The topic is “While I Was Still in Prayer.” AS Daniel was seeking the Lord on behalf of the people, the angel Gabriel interrupted with a message from God (see Daniel 9). Isaiah 65:24 (NLT) promises, “I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs. I will go ahead and answer their prayers!” Sometimes He interrupts and answers prayers through angels, his Word, other believers, or a vision—but today, for me, it was geese.]