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I write often about the journey I am on and know it is only by the grace of God that I am where I am today. I could write for days about journey, but that might lead us on a wild goose chase- never reaching our destination. Instead, I will focus on a journey that has led me to where I am at this moment.
This past year my life has not looked anything like I imagined. After retiring a year ago, I began dreaming and big ideas floated in and out of my thoughts. But my path, which is always God’s path, turned out to be one of His choosing and not the one of my dreams.
As I pushed back against God’s plan, He pushed even harder to remind me that He knows best. When I lay in a puddle of frustration asking the question “why”, He gently whispered “because I love you”.
My year has been one of sitting with God, leaning in and listening. In the tension of not fully understanding His way, I learned that God had me exactly where I needed to be. You see I spent these last eight months caring for my dad. When I thought I was not doing what God really had planned for me, He always answered “This is where I need you to be.”
I received the most beautiful gift this past year. My dad leaned in just as my Heavenly Father was doing the same and loved me and learned everything about me. He always had a posture of listening to my words as if no one else or nothing else mattered. The time spent with my dad was one of a beautiful awakening as we each got to know each other in a deeper way. It was our chance to journey through the eight months as dad and daughter because that is all that mattered.
My dad’s earthly journey ended on August 24, but His heavenly journey also began that day. My dad left me with the lesson of how to live bravely, love well and listen as if no one else is in the room. I am forever grateful that our journeys joined together. The heart lessons are memories I will treasure always.
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May these words remind you that our journey is God’s journey!
The promise of “arrival” and “rest” is still there for God’s people. God himself is at rest. And at the end of the journey we’ll surely rest with God. So let’s keep at it and eventually arrive at the place of rest, not drop out through some sort of disobedience. Hebrews 4:9-11
Joining God in the journey!
Part of my journey this year has led me to completing my first book. I know now that it would not be ready until I had journeyed with my dad and learned what it meant to say “yes” to God and then move out of the way for Him to do what He does best.
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