On Friday, we closed on our house, so that the building process may begin. We've been looking at dirt for weeks now, and we're just overjoyed that a dream is becoming reality for us. God has called us to submit our housing to Him, and He has gone above and beyond to prove faithful and true. When we left the closing room, we just drove to the site of our new home and grinned from ear-to-ear as we rejoiced in God's undeserved goodness for us.
We rode high on the hog throughout the weekend, until Saturday afternoon. Brian was helping Josh (our BIL and landlord) with a stone patio when he bent slightly incorrectly and threw out his back. After a trip to the emergency clinic, 2 shots, and massive quantities of other medications, he's on the mend, but not without lots of pain. I've confirmed, once again, that care-taking is not part of my gift set. Poor Brian has cared for more for years now, and I couldn't make good on 24 hours. :)
Another exciting right of passage came around lunchtime today. Since before my brain tumor in November, Brian and I have been planning for me to resign from teaching. You see, a women's ministry job opportunity opened up at our church, and we've been praying for a ministry job for me for years. In fact, I've felt called to women's ministry as a vocation since before we married, and it's only become stronger and stronger for about 5 years. But, the Lord hadn't revealed His plan. Until November, when Brian began his new job, our health insurance was provided through my job, and thus I needed to stay put. Then, God slowly showed us His steps.
-First, He provided a new job for Brian that included health insurance for both of us.
- Then, He opened up a women's ministry position for me. Both of these things happened in early November 2010. We prayed about the job and planned for me to resign from teaching and move into ministry in June 2011.
- I was diagnosed with a brain tumor on November 22, 2011, just weeks after making this plan.
-After brain surgery and whole brain radiation, I took a leave of absence from teaching and began working a few hours a week in women's ministry.
-My school district offered a monetary incentive for resigning today, so I did. :)
Teaching was a wonderful season for me. I learned a lot about myself and about people, but God has been moving my heart in a different direction for about 5 years. This is right. This is His plan; I have no doubt.
Then, tonight, I saw a website that our friends have created for us. They are holding a benefit concert to help us with medical bills. Can you believe that? I was just overwhelmed by God's provision through His sweet people. The love of the Lord is running deep in our life these days.
My takeaway from seeing God's hand in these occurrences is that He's ALWAYS working in our lives, even when it feels like He isn't. He is always planning and growing and readying us for His work. That's reassuring to me, and it should be to you, too.
Thank you, God, that you love me enough to force me to wait on your perfection and best. Thank you for not letting me have my way. Thank you for allowing me to experience your provision in a mighty way. Thy will be done.