August 24, 2016

A Life of Faith : Revisited

I sat around the living room with my children this morning lazily enjoying one of our last slow summer mornings before school starts next week.  We marveled at what an interesting year it's been thus far, surreal even, and honestly, quite hard for so many reasons.  We talked about the sheer mystery of walking with God, how we never quite know what's around the bend, what He may have in store, but that we always know it will be for our good.  Somehow.  Someway.  And we always, always know that He is good, inherently good, and we can trust Him completely. 

My thoughts went back to this post that I wrote in October of 2012.  Though so much has changed and transpired in our journey since then, one thing still remains.  And that is our great desire to know and love more deeply than ever the One who calls us to go.  And all these years later, to go even still.  


I hope these words will be an encouragement to you as you too walk in the mystery of His ever-loving ways.  He is so faithful, so good and true, and more than worthy of our trust and faith.


My son pulled out our old photo albums this morning during breakfast.  Amongst scattered dishes, scrambled eggs, and lunches being packed, we looked through pictures of years gone past and laughed at photos of a little boy being silly and a little girl dressing up like a princess.  We played the game of remember when and we marveled at all the years have held for our family.

After the dishes were cleared, the last lunch was packed, and my children were off to school, I sat in our very quiet house and thumbed through the albums by myself.  I smiled.  I laughed.  I cried a few tears.  And as I opened an album from ten years ago, I read a quote I had written on the very first page...

"Living a life of faith means never knowing where you are being led.  
But, it does mean loving and knowing the One who is leading.  
It is literally a life of faith, not of understanding and reason... 
a life of knowing Him who calls us to go." 
~ Oswald Chambers

Ten years ago, God called our family to go.  What that really meant at the time was a mystery to us, but we knew we were being led and more than anything, we wanted to love and know more deeply the One who was leading us, so we went.

In the time since, our journey has been full of twists and turns, highs and lows, and in looking back, I'm amazed and in awe of all we've experienced.  We moved three times in three years and they were big moves, not just-around-the-corner moves.  Our children have been in seven different schools in ten years time.  We left a company, started a company, lost that company, and started with a new company.  We've said good-bye to many friends, made some new ones, and lost a few as well.  We've had financial issues to work through, marital struggles to heal from, and we've known more heartache, betrayal, and loss than we ever thought we could possibly endure.

We have certainly not lived a journey of understanding and reason.  Far, far from it.  But we have lived a life of faith and we have come to know and love, more deeply than ever, the One... the only One, who called us to go and who calls us even still.

And that has made the journey worth every single moment.


"I will lead the blind by a way they do not know.  In paths they do not know, I will guide them.  I will make darkness into light before them and rugged places into plains.  
These are the things I will do and I will not leave them undone."
 ~ Isaiah 42:16


"I will teach you and guide you in the way you should go.  I will counsel you and watch over you."
~ Psalm 32:8

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