It’s amazing how things accelerate in our lives when God steps in. It’s been a time of seeing the end results on matters I have been seeking God for and it’s been a time of Him birthing whole new areas in my life, bringing them full-circle in just weeks. It’s been a time of struggle and deep sorrow, as God worked out areas in my character that were of no use to Him or myself. A time of letting go and learning new ways of approaching problems and relying on Him to offer support when I needed it most.
When we seek first the Kingdom of God, all things are added to us. Like gifts that we’ve been waiting for and suddenly, we’re living in them. It’s a wonderful and beautiful thing.
I’ve found that being open to the leading of the Holy Spirit has allowed Him to birth new avenues in my life that never existed beforehand. One minute I’m single with no children – then next I’m part of a team with nearly 200 kids I can call my own. One minute I’m working a typical office job – the next I’m on a tiny island helping other people in this world.
An awakening is occurring. I wish it had taken place in my twenties. But thank God it’s taking place in my thirties. Some people drudge through their entire life thinking one thing about themselves, only to realize their life hasn’t been all that fruitful afterall and they don’t really know who they are anymore, much less what might make them happy. That would be me today had it not been for Jesus.
I told a friend once that our lives were like tapestries being created by God which represented the people, experiences and changes coming and going over a lifetime. Various yarns and fabrics, colors and shapes He works together seamlessly to broaden, enhance and embellish our lives. As God chooses the colors to weave in, it’s up to us to yield to His will for our lives; which at times can be scary, uncertain and possibly disappointing to us. But God knows what is best for us. He knows what colors to choose, where they should go and where they should end. Some colors are weaved throughout the entire piece of work; with us from the beginning to the end. Others are just accents, meant to leave a positive impression, a new hope or comfort when we need it most. And still others may be worked in and out of our lives consistently. Sometimes I can get in God’s way by weaving in things that I shouldn’t. Gently, God will begin to take those threads out – that Ashley thought were so important but were beginning to take their toll on her well-being – and lovingly He replaces them with threads of joy, peace and blessings.
Life is change and we need to embrace it. I’ll be closing a chapter that has defined a pivotal change of course in my own life shortly. The people here have been some of the most beautiful colors that God has worked into my tapestry. My experiences are likely to be shared by few others in this world. I am thankful. He has shown Himself to be faithful and merciful. And I’m happy to let Him create the tapestry of my life as He so chooses. I’m looking forward to these last few months here on what seems like the edge of the earth. And I’m also looking forward to what lies ahead – what new colors, shapes and designs God will be working into my tapestry next.