Right now my life resembles a completed puzzle that has been taken apart and is being put back together to form a picture I don’t recognize. Many of our big life pieces are about to change drastically. Here’s a glimpse so you’ll understand:
- Our second daughter’s wedding is two weeks from Saturday.
- Our son – our youngest – just graduated high school and will be going to college in another state.
- My husband has accepted a job transfer. Later this summer we will be moving from the quiet, West Texas desert to the humid, bustling megacity that is Houston.
- Due to the transfer, I resigned the church staff position where I have served for the last five years.
- This will be our first move without any of our three children. However, my 84-year-old father-in-law will be going with us.
- My next book manuscript is due August 31st.
It feels a bit overwhelming when I read that list. However, God has proven Himself faithful time and time again. Through six moves, parenting struggles, call to seminary, grief and loss, He has strengthened, encouraged, guided, and comforted.
Six months from now our life will look very different. Teenagers gone, but in-laws in. Day to day interaction with church staff traded for full-time writing and speaking from home. Ten minute drive to the office for Wayne swapped for a long city commute. Dry climate, manageable hair frizzed out in the south Texas humidity!
But in the midst of these temporal changes, my eternal God remains the same. “I am the Lord and I do not change” (Malachi 3:6a). We will lean on His constant presence as we welcome a new son-in-law, move, say goodbye, shift directions, and tackle new challenges.
What changes and challenges do you face today? How can God’s unchanging presence guide and strengthen you?
Note: Keep checking back to see how the “Summer Saga” is going! I would love to hear from you.