we’re tooling down the road and i’m thinking of moments when i thought life would never change. we’d be stuck in a rut of ugly-thinking and uglier-talking as a couple, and sadly, as a family. in the midst of a stomp-the-foot-in-the-sand-at-a-line-we’d-drawn season, it was hard to see a way out.
but today, we drive in silence, awed occasionally into a sigh or a “look at that golden light on the orange leaves!” – and i’m amazed at what God has done. we drive down a new jersey road toward a campsite that will envelop us for a couple days of rest, leaving a home that only He could’ve provided, and a ministry that ever calls to our hearts to dive deeper, to see what He will do through it, with our obedience. my girl looked around our sun-splashed breakfast nook the other day and said, “did you ever think He’d give us a do-over? a chance to start new and see what He could do if we just followed?” no, sweet girl, i didn’t. i’m embarrassed to say that when the sky was dark, i forgot for a moment the One who lights it from the other side of the stormy clouds. thank Goodness, He didn’t forget me. He didn’t forget us.
we left the tawny sands, the blue ocean, and the green grass of the sunshine state. but we’ve been called to an ever-changing landscape that still holds all those colors, and more. and the faces of the people who will become lifelong friends and family, some of whom we’ve yet to meet, are beautiful in all their diversity. they’re different here, just like the place is different. but what hasn’t changed? the Love of the One who made us all. because that love, it’s evergreen.
on fridays i try to keep up with a wonderful group of writers who challenge themselves to free-write for five minutes on a shared topic. click to kate’s page five minute friday to see what others are saying!