If I believe in God, in a Being who made me, and fashioned me, and knows my wants and capacities and necessities because He gave them to me, and who is perfectly good and loving, righteous, and perfectly wise and powerful -whatever my circumstances inward or outward may be, however thick the darkness which encompasses me - I yet can trust, yes, be assured, that all will be well, that He can draw light out of darkness, and make crooked things straight ~ Thomas Erskine
These words are from a wonderful devotional my parents sent me. They really ministered to my heart today.
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our lives as homeschooling moms/wife/missionary. We have so many concerns at home and ministry, we loose touch with the outside world. When we realize it and come back out of our little shell its like a whole new world out there. Being at the ministry were already in a bubble/fishbowl/glass house. Were always encouraged toward transparency with one another yet we rarely get it. And if you give it people are so unsure of how to assimilate it. We live in a world of unreality where we say were fine when we are hurting inside.
People are so afraid.
I'm So glad my GOD is so much greater than any of my problems I'm so glad He So REAL. I'm gonna repeat that HE IS SO REAL. Even when I'm at my lowest point crying over a chair that won't get put together right or a relationship that seems doomed from the start. God is still SO REAL. So close.
I often wonder how other people relate to God. I have heard the Holy Spirit described as a continuous shower we can step in to and out of by Aunti Gisela. But for me the presence of God is like a deep well. Not deep in the ground mind you, but so deep and full. Filled to the brim of that living water we can go a quench our thirst at anytime. You don't even need a bucket to drink from it.
Yet how often we get wrapped up in out little hurts our little fears, and big fears, or fears that are little that we dwell on so much they become big. Don't you do this? I know I do.
I was so freaking out this week about how to pay for yet another expense for Little M. It's a lifelong piece of medical equipment she will need for of course the rest of her life. It has a huge price tag. It's something that needs to survive for many decades to come so I can understand the expense. Ok at first I railed against God and man at the huge cost but I came around eventually.
At the moment God has it totally under control. Isn't that how it always is? Doesn't He always have everything under control? Our kids, Our families, Our ministry, Our relationships.
I believe he cares about the minute details of our lives. Take for example a book I needed for Little M's therapy. Amazon has it for 80$ new or $27 used. A begging email to the ministry homeschooling pool of resources came up blank. So a bit a prayer and the next day took my feet to our local Home Educators Resource book store. Guess what book they just got in yesterday and priced at 12$ and before they even put it out on the shelf I was holding it in my hot little hands.
God cares so much about every little detail of our lives and he loves us so deeply. I shake my head in wonder at my stupidity. Why, oh why!! Do we even waste one minute in worry? I know I do it and after ward think Doh! Why am I so short sighted??? I must need more faith, or wisdom or discernment.
But I'm keeping on, keeping on trying not to be afraid of being a real person and thinking I need to spend more time sitting next to the well drinking deeply of the living water.