Thursday, August 06, 2009

High's and Low's

This week has been a roller coaster of emotions. I am reminded that if not for God, and His sustaining power, I would be a wreck.

There is the move...the kids' happiness at their new adventure, and their sadness at leaving friends and family. One minute happy, the next sad.

There is my brother-in-law's battle with cancer.
A dear friend called this week to tell me that her husband has cancer.
A sweet adoptive Mom with ten kids, died of cancer on Monday.

Sometimes life is just too sad.

And yet...there are the constant hugs from God in small details.
*The trees here.
*The beach.
*The wildlife.
*My husband home from work EVERY night instead of traveling Tue.-Thur. every week.

*My Walden Pond (by the way, I hated that stupid, boring book that my English lit. teacher seemed to love--although now that I am older, I can appreciate it a bit more).

Jordan and I took a walk around the pond yesterday, and I was able to take some photos of the woods. As I looked at them, I felt God's presence in the stillness.

Sometimes life's path is flat and relatively easy

Sometimes it is hilly, and takes some unexpected twists and turns

Sometimes there are frightening, exhilerating waterfalls

Sometimes I need to be reminded that God is very big and I am very small

That He wants to take my small seedlings of faith and grow them...

...into something tall and strong

"...I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you..." Isaiah 46:4


Lynsay said...

Hello dear friend. Boy do I know what you are going, emotions, and I am praying for you, I know it is tough!

Remember when you shared with me about how the Lord had given you peace, He meant it for every situation in your life, even now! Finally I was able to be in a place recently that He could fill me with that peace, and I'm oh so thankful, but as I face new things I have to remember, His promises, His peace, His love- it is for everything, every day, not just the situation I was dealing with then!

Love you and I for one am planning on visiting next year, from your pictures Boston is just too irresistible to pass up! Hugs!

Shonni said...

I loved the way you used the pictures to share your heart. It looks very beautiful there also. Praying that you feel HIS love today!

Kim K. said...

Beautiful post. You've had so much thrown at you. I don't know how you do it. Please know I'm thinking of you and your sweet family.

Lori said...

Lovely post! And the pictures told such a true story of life and all its ups and downs (curves, hills, mountains etc., etc.!).

I'm sure your emotions will smooth out a bit as you get more settled. Hang in there!! Like you have a choice? :)

Gretchen said...

I love where you are living now. Looks like the same woods we hike when we go to Tennessee.

One day I hope to be able to go up for a visit.

Shanna said...

Wow! God is so good.... all of the time!! Life isn't fair, but God remains so good to us always. The beautiful paths that you photoed are nothing short of God and his love for us.
May you be enveloped in His presence and peace.