Monday, March 28, 2011

Perfect Timing

Have you ever just sat back and exhaled because God's hand in your life was just too much to process? That's happened to me this evening. The last few days have been full of joyful (mostly) things, things that hint at restoration and redemption. And, I just have to take a second to acknowledge God's glory in my life.

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.


Cheech said...

Lindsey, you are such a testimony of God's love and provisions!! Thank you for your encouragement and I look forward to watching what God is going to do through and in you. Keep writing. Blessings! Renee

Unknown said...

Awesome Lindsey, can you link us to the website? Thanks, Vic

Corey Ann said...

Awesome! I am so excited to follow you along in your new journey. Tomorrow I have my PET scan to determine if my nasty liver tumors are dead. I have been thinking a lot about you and your mantra "this changes nothing." So tomorrow changes nothing. Thanks for providing me with those words and strength.

Life and Times . . . said...

That is so awesome! I'm really happy for you. I'm hoping to one day resign from teaching also, but right now I'm in the position of needing benefits for my son and myself (my husband carries a different policy). It's not that I don't like teaching, but I just don't feel the same way about it that I used to. We are starting the process of adopting and I'm hoping that by the time we bring out next little one home, I'll be able to spend more time at home with her. Right now I don't see how, but I've also seen God move mountains that seemed impossible to move. Reading your posts and seeing what God is doing in your life just serves to strengthen my faith. Thank you for sharing. God definitely has His hand on you.

Whitney said...

The Lord never fails to floor me when it comes to His perfect timing. And that's exactly what it always is...perfect.

Pam Bourque said...

Awesome news ! We have continued to stand and pray for God's Will God's Way in God's Time over you and Brian. Thank You, Lord, for answered prayers, even more than we could ask or imagine ! Now that is a Good God! Please let us know all about the concert details, link to the website would be great. Love & blessings, Pam

Anna said...

This is such great news! I'm so happy for you! Thanks for sharing your faith and answered prayers with us!

I've been thinking a lot lately about how God is working all around me even when I don't feel it. I like to plan, but I don't always focus on God's plans. I'm really trying to hone in on His plans for me and my life and following them. I feel like sometimes I am inpatient and move before I know God's plans and I want to be someone who waits on Him to make a move. He's really put it on my heart to dig into Ephesians!

Sandy Gillett said...

This is wonderful news! (Except for Brian's back, oh can I relate, I am soooo sorry!)Can you give us the link to the website? I am so happy for you both! You are way overdue for good news!

Sandy Gillett said...

Thanks Lindsey. I just checked facebook and saw the link to the benefit Wonderful event!

Anonymous said...

And the Lord said:"I will give you the treasures of darkness,riches stored in secret places so that you will know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by name." Is. 45:3. This verse came to me as I read your post. To Him be glory! Congratulations!
And, may Brian's back behave from here on out! Hope he's doing much better.

Coop said...

First off, that picture is AMAZING! Did you take it? If so, GREAT job! Secondly, God is so good and I love how you recognize that no matter what! Thirdly, I love your friends for starting that website for you and can't wait to go to "chick in the park" in June! You are a blessing to so many, it will be refreshing to (in a small way) be a blessing to you and Brian! Love you sister!

Anonymous said...

Here's the website: :)

Lovely post, Lindsey...such a blessed reminder!

Alabamamom said...

God is so good! Can't wait to hear all the Lord does in this new phase of life!