Monday, February 1, 2010

Praise God for the Commute

Do you ever look back on past events in your life and think, "Ohhhhhh! Now I get it! Now I understand what the Lord was doing in that situation."

I wish that I always lived my life open to the idea that God truly does have my best interests at heart. Too many times, I fight Him tooth and nail, only to bring unnecessary grief upon myself.

After I was diagnosed with cancer the first time, I immediately knew why the Lord had brought Brian into my life so quickly, and why our relationship progressed so rapidly. God knew I needed that man with me to go down this path. His provision of my husband was in His perfect timing and plan.

Now, after being diagnosed with cancer for the second time, I realize why the Lord put us in our home when He did. We sold our house last February, almost one year ago. During that time, I was in the middle of chemo and it was a very speedy closing, so we decided to rent for a year. Toward the end of the summer, we began to look online at houses. We knew that our lease wasn't up until January, but we just wanted to keep our eyes open. In October, Brian found our current house online, and we quickly jumped at it. Because of some unusual variables, we were able to close on our house, move into our house, but not pay for our house until January, when our lease was up. Perfect! It was all a bit stressful at the time, but now I get it.

You see, if we would've waited until January to buy a house, we would've just moved in, right in the middle of all of this stuff. But instead, we are now settled and happy in our new home. We're not worrying about a move.

And, I LOVE our house. It isn't big or fancy, and we have big dreams for home improvements. But, it suits us. We are outside of town, away from the busyness. In fact, it takes me about 25 minutes to drive in to work. I love that time. I just turn up the praise and worship music as loud as I can, and sing my heart out to the Lord. What a perfect way to start the day.

Now, I know that this too shall pass. Soon, we'll be able to look back on all of this and say, "Ohhhh, that's what God was doing during that time." Just because this isn't fun and it can be scary, does not mean that the Lord isn't in it. He is, folks. He is right here, in our midst, conditioning us to do His work.

Think about your own life. In what situations can you look back and say, "Ohhhh! Now I get it!" Leave a comment and tell us about it. I can't wait to hear you brag on the Lord's work in you.

A quick prayer request:
-We have a big day ahead of us on Tuesday. At this time, I can't go into details, but please pray that the Lord would surround us with His presence, that He would go before us. Pray for discernment and for God's perfection. Pray that He would direct our decisions, and that He would make them for us. Pray for protection from any wrong or harmful decisions.

Love to you all!


Sandy Gillett said...

I'd thought the same thing regarding the timing of your new house! We love it too! We are so happy you have it! We're praying for you about tomorrow. Love you.

Amy said...

God's timing is perfect and it's awesome to be able to look back and think, "yeah, this is why these things worked as this did." All in his perfect timing. Charlie and I will pray for you all tonight. Thank you for letting us know specifically what to pray-I think that's important. I LOVE your new house and hope to visit it someday soon! You all have done SO much to it already!! Love, Amy

kara battel said...

you are amazing. i know that i don't "know" you- but your posts are beautiful and inspiring- i love reading your thoughts and only wish that i really "knew" who you were--- thanks for sharing your wonderful relationship with God and providing the "rest of us" a look into your world and perspective! thanks so much for making my day more meaningful-

Kelley said...

I have about a 25 minute commute as well, and I will say prayers for you tomorrow as I take that commute!

It too is a wonderful time for me.

Prays for you and Brian in the coming weeks!

Thanks you for sharing this journey with a complete stranger!

Leslie said...

I love your perspective...a God many instances where I have had a oh...that's why, of the neatest and most recent was with my grandmother going to Alabama, and my grandfather having to go home the day before we left! At the time, it seemed crazy, but as it turned out it was ideal...because he was able to be home, eat very well, and be surrounded by family! It was the best situation possible....God was all over it!!:) I am however, so like the Israelites wondering in the desert forgetting so quickly that Gos really does have the situation...thanks for reminding me to look at things from his perspective...much love and prayers to you for tomorrow...

Paula said...

Brian & Lindsey,
I can hear the weight being lifted off of you with your words. God is so good in that way and we are so thankful to hear it in your voice after a few weeks of uncertainty.
As for how God has used me; the Lord has chosen to use me through suffering so that I can be an encourager to others.
With every ordeal, comes a blessing. I will not let Satan or anyone else steal my joy, even in the midst of my suffering.
We are blessed to be a part of your life through this blog and will continue to Storm the Throne of Christ with full assault!
We have all grown to love you both and that is certainly in God's plan.

Anonymous said...

You are absolutely right. God said it came to pass, he didn't say it came to stay.

You are wrapped in his arms, safe, LOVED, secure. He not only shows the way, he IS the way.

Your middle will tell you which direction to go. Embrace it and don't look back.

As is now my routine, I will be praying for you numerous times today. Thank you for those times with God each day.

Bless you,


Anonymous said...

praying for you

Erin said...

Russell and I were just talking about this very thing last night. It is amazing how God uses even (and sometimes, especially) the hard moments or stressful moments to teach us, grow us, form us after Him. It isn't always clear in the moment, but hindsight is priceless.

Tanya said...

I'm so glad that you are able to see all of the blessings in your life and focus on them!! Prayers continue here!

I Do Declare said...

I commute for at least an hour, and I've turned part of that into my quiet/prayer time where, even though I do not know you, I have said prayers for you. I was thinking just this morning that despite how much I have begrudged my commute, I am finally starting to appreciate least the morning ride. Evenings...well, I'm still working to find the grace in those miles:)

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

Came over from Sunday Baker. Will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.


Ruth - Grandma said...

Today is Tuesday and please know I am praying that all will be good today!
God is good and will be with you today as He is everyday! I have found in my life that God's timing is always for our good. I am so thankful that He helped you and Brian to find the right and beautiful house and also worked out all the details so you could get it. It is lovely! I love you and pray for you and Brian everyday. God Bless!!

Michele said...

I'll be praying Lindsey...God is with you always and his timing is always perfect.


Anonymous said...

Just started reading your blog and am both amazed and blessed at your faith in and love of God. I am a 6 year breast cancer survivor. Praying for you.

Alabamamom said...

I'm sorry that I didn't get to read your latest post until I got home from work today(Tuesday). I've been praying for you day and night ever since the reoccurrence. God is faithful and His timing is perfect. I'm so thankful for all that It is such a blessing to see how He is providing every step of the way in your life. He is using your testimony in all of our lives as well.

Allison said...

I LOVE when I'm able to look back on life and say, "Oh, that's why you did that, God! Your timing is so perfect!" I've done that a lot recently... I didn't want to attend college in the city that I did, but in doing so, I was able to be with my family as my uncle battled cancer, and it eventually led to me meeting my fiance. God also waited to reveal my husband to me until AFTER I came back from living in Spain, and I know that's His perfect timing, too, because I probably wouldn't have gone to Spain if we had been dating before, and I would have missed out on so much! Oh, God is good!!

I'm praying for you, sweet girl. I don't know you, but you're such an inspiration.

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