Anyone that knows me personally knows that my family and I, have been going through a massive transition. Mostly wonderful, lots of stretching, some challenging … some shaking … but all for good!
In transition it can be difficult (more so for some than others) to not feel completely overwhelmed, especially when the change is sudden and swift.
Looking back, you can see God’s handprint all over it. Fortunately I had listened to seemingly odd instructions like “don’t pick that one up … let go of that commitment … tell them you are not available (although in the natural you are) … only pick that one up until the end of the year …” My husband has had similar experiences and seasons are now ending for him too … we can see God’s hand print all over it … and although the panic may arise we declare with our mouths that God has it in hand, that He orchestrated all this and He will make a way forward …
None of it’s been bad … in fact it is as a result of walking in God’s favour that such a shift is taking place … you can see His favour all over it … and we know His purposes are in it … yet such changes can be unsettling to say the least …
Last year was also a very tough year for many reasons … and so we came to the end of 2013 looking for some quiet, some peace … we didn’t get it, but break through came … all over the place … starting in late January!
It is in these seasons we can get overwhelmed with the transition, with the shaking, with the chaos, and forget to see His hand in our every day life …
Well … if you look and hold onto His goodness you will find it …
When I was at my lowest about a week and a half ago, I sat on the couch, and was willing myself to get moving, reminding myself that it would all settle. As I got up and going there was a knock at the door and there standing in my doorway was an angel … a friend who has had such a massive and challenging journey herself in the last three years … She said:
“I just felt I had to come”,
and in her hands were roses and chocolates.
I teared up … knowing she was letting me know I was loved by her and God was letting me know that I was loved by Him … He had sent her, she had heard His prompting, and she responded … the timing was supernatural!
She came in. We had a tea, we had a chat, and she left … me not just knowing intellectually that God is Good, God is Love but experiencing His goodness … His Love …
A week later, I get a call from the same girl …
“I have made dinner for you and it’s on your doorstep” …
Now please know, her child has been severely ill. Is hospitalized regularly, and had just undergone surgery … yet she was responding to a God urge to bless me whose entire family is walking in favour and breakthrough. She regularly celebrates our joy, our break through and our success as if it were her own, knowing that her family’s is coming, she genuinely feeds on the goodness of God in her own life and in other’s lives, knowing that the ultimate breakthrough in healing for daughter is on it’s way …
And the kisses kept coming …
Two friends prophesy at a conference … I bump into loved friends, all of who are a delight to see, and, most recently, a card arrives in the post, from another friend who I have known since I was four, completely out of my church circle, and outside of my local community circle … she said later she knew she had to do what she did … and the card said:
The one feeling a little weary.
Carrying that load.
Fighting this battle.
You’re beautiful, you know that?
And you can do this with Him.
With His power.
I know it.
I feel it.
Keep going, girl.
You feel like your strength is small.
But it’s not.
BIG enough for you to do what you need to do.
Because your strength is as big as the God in you.
Copyright: Holley Gerth 2011
This one did me in and it made me get very teary. I read it a lot at the moment.
God knew what I was walking in, and He had told a friend to be His hands, His heart to me … she had taken time shop and to write and to send … she had taken the time to listen to her Father in Heaven and to co-labour with Him … and in her doing so she encouraged a friend unknowingly at a crucial time of challenge and stretch …
I don’t believe He has done all this for me because I go out and do stuff for Him, I believe that He does this for me because I am His most Beloved Daughter … His Beloved Son …
I believe He does this purely and simple because …
God is Good!