It’s the beginning of my new adventure. The long distance move is behind me, most of my worldly possessions are stacked a mile high in a storage unit, I’m temporarily back in the house I grew up in and since it’s illegal to pump your own gas in New Jersey, I had the pleasure of sitting comfortably in my car yesterday while an attendant filled my tank.
New adventures indeed.
It’s been a crazy summer. I sit here wondering what just happened. Am I really not in West Palm Beach anymore? Did I really lose my job? Did I really say goodbye to so many friends and so many places and so many routines and follow a moving truck 1250 miles up the Atlantic coast back to the town that’s both familiar and new at the same time?
Apparently, I did. Because here I am.
It’s been almost three months since my world turned upside down. But there was always the undercurrent of knowing that God was in control, that He could work something good from something that seemed so very bad. Sometimes it’s only by looking in the rear view mirror that we are able to see the road behind us, to see what God brought us through. When we’re in the middle of it, it doesn’t always make sense. And so, this morning, I look back and see that I am sitting at this dining room table in New Jersey instead of my own in Florida because God had a plan even when I couldn’t see or imagine what that plan would be.
I don’t know what happens now. The job I thought I was coming to turned out to be not what they represented to me at the interview. Looks like I’ll probably be starting from scratch again in looking for employment. The closing on my condo back in Florida has been delayed and they might be expecting a hurricane this weekend and while I’m glad to not be there, I’m technically still a homeowner. There are a few bumps in the road that I didn’t expect. Yet, because of the overwhelming faithfulness of God over the past few months, I know I have nothing to fear. God wanted me back “home”. I am absolutely certain of that. As I recall His hand of blessing and protection and guidance during the Summer of 2019, I know He’s not going anywhere. He will continue to bless and protect and guide in all the days ahead.
A week ago today I arrived in New Jersey with a car fully loaded and an excited but weary heart. As I approached my hometown in the final miles, rainy skies cleared and a beautiful double rainbow appeared over the trees. It might have been just a meteorological coincidence, but I don’t think so. I think God was telling me that He has promised good things for me here. They might not be what I expect, but that’s the joy in trusting Him.
Today is August 28th, which always makes me think of another 8/28 – Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
He’s working this new beginning in my life for good. And I can’t wait to tell you all about it as it unfolds.
Oh, how abundant is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in You. Psalm 31:19
For you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect, lacking in nothing. James 1:3,4
As it is written, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him”. 1 Corinthians 2:9