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God in the Whirlwind Posted 7.11.2014

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind of a week around my home.  We were just getting readjusted after our trip to move Jeremy to Maryland (and spending the Fourth in ER) when it was Lindsey big exam day for her nursing licensing.  Talk about stressful. I mean, I just want to know what the next week holds.  Is that too much to ask?  Sometimes it is.  But by Thursday life was still very much up in the air, but in a matter of about half an hour, life clarified and we could chart a course for the next week. 


Sometimes the Christian life is like that.  We want to plot the next steps, but God says, “Wait a second.  Aren’t I in charge?  I’ll give enough light for the NEXT step, not always for the next ten steps.”  And therein lies the tension in the tension in our lives sometimes.  God, just show us where this life is moving, and I’ll be fine.  But sometimes He only provides enough light to take one simple step.  Just one.  And that has to be enough – it just has to be.


I don’t like to wait for God to light my path.  So I’ll light it myself.  I rush forward without any pause.  I move ahead without the proper lighting for my steps.  And yet, God promised light for my path, right?  He said He’d lead me beside quiet waters.  That He would be the One to restore my soul?


So why am I stewing when I should just be waiting?  Oh, for the patience to simply wait for God to clarify the next step in life.  I actually do think I’m getting better (sometimes) with waiting.  I’d still like a searchlight to peer farther ahead, but that doesn’t create the dependence God desires to see from me.


But God lit up the path on the Welch trail in about half an hour on Thursday.  It was a whirlwind of information – and, shall I say, light. I learned that we will have to be gone again this week to be with Jeremy during his surgery.  His furniture is being delivered to his apartment on the very day of surgery.  So it’ll take two people to be in two places at the same time.  And then as that information was coming down, I learned that we officially have a new Registered Nurse in the family.  I must say that I never doubted that outcome, but to hear it officially was the best news.  It lightened the week and made the long struggle through school worthwhile.  Congratulations, Lindsey!


Turmoil still swirls around our house.  But God is shining His light on our next steps.  Just like He always does.  And I am learning to wait as patiently as possible for God to clarify the journey.  What a wonderful comfort to know that He oversees both the trials and the joys of our lives.  To God be all the glory.


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