Family Tree

For those of you who don’t know, my father-in-law recently passed away.  His passing has affected all of us greatly.  Carl’s mom is not able to live alone; her husband helped her with many tasks in their home.  We have come to the conclusion that the best living arrangement for mom is  that we move in with her as soon as possible.

Although we will all have to adjust, there are many blessings that will come from this sudden move.   Did we picture ourselves living with her before dad passed?  No, we did not.   I envisioned us in a brand new beautiful home of our own with all the amenities that we desired.

I had a sense in my spirit and was told numerous times that we would experience abundance in our lives.  I was told that the enemy was in so many words “backing off”.  God was moving for us.

Yes, the Lord took a tragedy, the passing of Dad, and blessed us.   Interestingly enough, last week’s Sunday school lesson is very relational to our situation now.  In Genesis 11 starting in verse 27,  Abram,  his wife Sarai , and his nephew Lot moved to another place at the request of his father Terah.  Abram was faithful and stayed with his father until he passed.   My commentary in my Life Application Study Bible NIV states that this time that Abram and his wife Sarai spend with his father was a transition or waiting period.  It goes on to further state that God may allow periods of waiting so we may depend on him and trust his timing.

Then God told Abram to move to another place.  It was at this time, that God bestowed a bountiful blessing over Abram. Genesis 12:7   The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.”  God’s promise did not happen right away; Issac was born twenty-five years later. 

We do not know what the future will bring.  We are thankful that our financial burdens are being lifted.   Carl can continue working at his place of employment, because the van will still pick him up at Mom’s house.  We still have to discuss with our landlord about our intentions to move out.  We hope our daughter who is now in her junior year will be able to continue attending her high school.

We must trust God and let him lead and guide us.  We will believe for him to bring healing and restoration to our family especially Carl’s Mom.  We know we will face challenges, but God is with us always.  His mercy and grace will cover us.

I share this post with you, because I want you to understand that we mustn’t plan our lives in detail.  We don’t know what tomorrow will bring.  We must be open to anything that the Lord may do in our lives.   Even if he takes you in a valley for awhile, look up, because the Lord may release blessings just where you are.

Just a side note, I like to share.  My daughter last Thursday in art class was working on quail projects.  She texted me the other day a photo of her project.  I was so in awe, it was a tree that had the word family on it.  I told her we should frame it and give it to mom.  I also said maybe we can hang some photos of the immediate family from it.

Until next time, enjoy the journey,

Carol