Do you ever feel like you are always just waiting...
... waiting for what's next, waiting for more information, waiting to see how things turn out?
I have lately.
I woke up at 4am and couldn't fall back asleep. My mind was racing with all the things I needed to do today, all the plans I had to make for the upcoming months, plans I had to make for the direction I wanted to take my business, etc. etc. etc. It's exhausting, really. So, I gave up trying to fall back asleep and came downstairs for some coffee and quiet time to work.
I'll tell ya, we haven't found a church here yet. To be honest, with covid, we haven't really had the desire to look because nothing is how it was. There are very few churches with kids' programs up and running, and without a nursery, church is kind of a nightmare (John is an 18 month old ball of energy). Anyways, we miss it. Very much. We miss our church family in Florida, we miss the fellowship, and we miss being surrounded by the word. The reality is that now more than ever we have at our fingertips, but virtual church just isn't the same, and I know you know what I mean. We pray together as a family, study the Bible on our own as much as we can, and we talk to God on our own...but there's something to be said for real church. That being said, we haven't done much virtual churching lately, therefore we've missed many a sermon.
This morning, I decided to put on last Sunday's sermon from Period Bay UMC (Pensacola friends, if you haven't found a church home, go visit!) Pastor Levi quoted Proverbs 19:21 which says, "Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails."
Friends, that hit me to the core. If that's not the truth I don't know what is. As a military family, we do a lot of waiting. We do a lot of praying. And we do a lot of planning. I heard Levi's words this morning as if they were a megaphone in my ear. The Lord's purpose prevails.
You should know this about me... I am a Christian woman. I make mistakes, but I love everyone. Sometimes I swear. Sometimes I get angry. Sometimes I yell at my kids. I do my best, and sometimes I fail. Sometimes I take the wrong path, but God is always there to guide me back. I am human, but I am also one of God's children. He will guide us, we just have to pave the path.
I needed that message today, and I hope it gives you comfort, too. <3
Here's the link to the sermon in case you're interested in watching!