Much has changed since I last wrote a blog. We left our Kentucky family and moved to our Oklahoma family. Transition is exhausting! We moved into a rent house until we can decide where we what to buy…so we are still in transition. It takes a while to figure it all out. Our grandchildren cried the last night in our Kentucky house. It’s all they have ever known…truthfully, we all cried. It’s the end of an era of our lives and the beginning of a new chapter.
Bill and I have been pastor and wife for the past 35 years and now we’re not. It’s a strange time for us…but we have been through strange times before and the things we know without a doubt is that God is and has always been faithful. We rest in that truth. Bill is working for the International Mission Board and I couldn’t be prouder of this opportunity to push forward the gospel. I’m…well…. that is where it gets a little fuzzy. We are living in Oklahoma City with our children and grandchildren so that is what I’m doing now and I love it.
Truth be told, I feel a little lost but it won’t last because I, like king David have fought the lion and the bear ( “But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” –I Samuel 17:34-36).
The thing about living in ministry is it follows you throughout your life into all the transitions, changes and new seasons. I know Jesus has great plans for my life. I know that He started a good work in my life long ago and He will continue it until the day of Christ Jesus. He is with us in this new place and we will, by faith, trust Him.
We have already had a sleepover with our grandkids. We did everything fun a little kid could want- it did involve sugar and a movie! We all choose Toy Story one, which is always a good selection. When it came to the part where the sociopathic neighbor kid, Sid has captured Andy’s beloved toys it got intense- kinda freaked me out a little. I had forgotten how scary he is. At one intense part where he is being a horrible child Jude asked me why Sid was so mean. I said, “Well Sid doesn’t love Jesus!” She said with a literal mind of a child, “Well Nawny, Jesus isn’t in this movie!”
I love how a kid sees things like they actually are. I laughed and said, “No not exactly but He is everywhere.” She just looked at me and shrugged. The thing I know to be true in Oklahoma, Kentucky or wherever I might land is that Jesus is most certainly in my movie. He is the star of the show and I follow His lead to be what I know He wants for my life- to be like Him! I am ready to turn the page onto chapter one and see what God has for us in this season. I know it is good because He is a good good Father.