Tuesday, November 9, 2010

He will sustain you

This post has been a long time coming.

In fact, this post marks the end of something, and the beginning of something new in the life of my family.  And while I could call it the end of a dark season... I don't know that that is really the case.

In mid-July, I wrote this post, about the rug being pulled out from under us. Our family, through God-ordained circumstances, found ourselves without a family income.  It was not all-together unexpected, but, it was quite a bit out of our control.
Isn't everything?

On Monday, all of the pieces -that God has been orchestrating- fell into place.  We will no longer be without an income, and we will fall back into what the world might call: "secure."

Funny thing is, we never really felt insecure. When I said that the rug was pulled out from under us, but beneath it was our Rock... they were not just words to me. I experienced and felt the stability, peace and security that comes from an Unchanging God. But, it came as a surprise to me... how good it felt to rest in Him.

Now, I would not be telling you the truth if I said I did not experience fear, or doubt, or plain-old worry about the uncertainty that faced our family. From July until now, our family had emotional ups and downs. Serious concerns. Emotional wrestling. What-ifs about huge decisions.
Decisions like moving. giving up homeschooling. mommy getting a household-sustaining job. selling our dream home. finding alternate means of income. eliminating any spending. giving up Christmas gifting.
And then there was the up-and-down drama and nail-biting that comes with supporting your husband through the interview processes, acceptances and rejections.

But as we weathered through this brief season, (and praise His Name, it was brief), God was there for us. Oh, I know that sounds so dull and trite... but here me... God was THERE for us. He was not up in the clouds playing some harp somewhere, or managing lives that were more important than ours. No. He was there in practical ways. and, He was there to listen to my whining and ranting and stiff-necked-ness.... as He always is, to His Glorious credit. He is so Merciful.

See what great things He has done:

It was God who moved my wonderful, godly husband (who has a work-ethic the likes of which this country was built on) into a place where he could barely endure his job.
It was God who, ultimately, freed my husband from a job that was poisonous.
It was God who planted the seed for my husband's current job at Company A.
It was God who arranged for three unrelated friends of ours to connect us to the owners of this company... all within the same week.
It was God who prepared our hearts for an unexpected opportunity.
It was God who taught us how to do more with less.
It was God who used this situation to soften my heart toward his gentle instruction to me.
It was God who planted in me His Word, so that I was never consumed by worry.
It was God who blessed us with underserved and unexpected gifts like these. Just for fun.
It was God who used His children, to reach out to us, pray for us, bring us food from their gardens, hand-me-downs, Christmas gift cards for the boys, balloons, flowers, and Hope.
It was God who used His children to give me five different books to encourage me in my Walk.
It was God who used His children to connect us with any and every friend they had in my husband's field of work.
It was God who used our families to help us meet financial needs.
It was God who made it frustratingly impossible for me to find a simple Christmas-temporary job. He knew the timing.
It was God who greatly blessed us with provision, by allowing us to come to know Him as Provider.
It was God who opened our minds up to think outside the box we had made for ourselves.
It was God, who heard me cry out this prayer, and answered me that VERY minute with a phone call and an offer.
It was God who answered our prayers... not just the ones of Provision, but the ones about Discernment and Clarity and His will.
It was God whose timing is so perfect that our job offer came the very day after our monetary stability ran out. The very day, people.

"Cast your cares on the Lord. He will sustain you. He will never let the righteous fall." -Psalm 55:22

13 friends had a thing or two to say...:

BARBIE said...

He is so good! I am so thankful for God's provision and His perfect timing.

Jenny said...

WOW!! We serve a wonderful God. Praising Him with you this morning!!!

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

AMEN!

Now comes the hard part - NEVER forgetting the provision of the Lord as life begins to flow :-)

I'm thrilled for you and have prayed many days along side of you and Matt!

Love you,
Jill

allenaim photography and design said...

I a SOOO happy for you guys!!! God is good all the time! All the tim, he is GOOD!

Mindy said...

I have goosebumps. What a great testimony! I so proud of you guys for having the faith required to rest in Him. He deserves all the praise, and you're definitely giving it to Him. Thank you for your example.

Carrie said...

What great news!! Praising God!!

Stacy said...

Praising God with you! He is faithful...always. :)

RachelT said...

Thanks for sharing your link to this Darlene. Somehow I missed it when it originally posted! God is SO GOOD! We celebrate with you!! Hugs!

Erin @ Closing Time said...

I finally sat down today to go through the business cards I was given at Relevant, and this is my first visit to your blog. The timing of the Lord is perfect and amazing. You have no idea how much I needed to read this very post TODAY of all days! Thank you for the incredible encouragement!

Laura said...

I LOVE this story, Darlene. You have such a faithful and sure way of sharing your faith in God. You know and count His blessings... may they ever be infinite in your hands.

Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Woohoo!! I'm doing the happy dance for you Darlene! Praise the Lord - he is so good!!! God answers the prayers of his people - an ipad AND a job!!! Thank you sweet Jesus!
Much Love,
Courtney

Richella said...

This is a wonderful, marvelous story--all the more wonderful because it is TRUE! Oh, God, thank you for your provision for Darlene and her family!

How I wish that we could always rest in dependence upon God just as fully as you depended on God during those months. May our hearts ALWAYS know that He is good and that He cares for us. We seem to get special glimpses of His goodness when we are very needy--perhaps our hearts are softer then so we understand? Or perhaps, in our deep need, we're just communicating with Him more? Whatever the reason, may the knowledge of His presence and His goodness be something we hold EVERY day!

Thanks so much for linking to Grace Imparted!

Lynn said...

Wow! What a testimony! I'm knew to your blog, but this post alone makes me want to get to know you better :) I'm your newest follower :)