Amazingly, it’s time to remember…to really recall what the Lord has done for our family. One year ago today, March 12th, we were moving back into this house. Not just moving IN here, but moving OUT of our “dream home.”
You can read the whole post from March 30th 2011. What started as a “dream” turned into restless days and nights as we knew we were off course and needed God’s major help. We prayed Daniel 9:18 often, “…we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion.”
We had set our sights on the temporal.
We worked hard for what we wanted.
I wanted a place we would call HOME forever…a place my kids would come home to for years and years and years….
Josh did a great job with details. He spent many, many hours at the house during construction. He spent lots of money to make it what we wanted.
At the time we didn’t have a clue at what kind of adventure we were in for…the route we had chosen, what God had allowed in our life, the lessons we would learn…the hard way. There were many seasons we experienced during our stay on Gantt Road. Spring, summer, fall, and winter—-physically and spiritually.
I can truly say that I am thankful for the journey we took to this house, even though we didn’t stay there. What happened there is nothing short of a miracle and opened up amazing ways for God to show Himself to be extremely personal, overwhelmingly gracious, unquestionably holy, and able to redeem any situation for His great glory.
Just this morning….and just like God…I was reading in Nehemiah where the people were gathered listening to Ezra read the law, which they had wandered from as a people for many years. They were all gathering back into HOME and realigning themselves with God’s Word. They read “how the Lord had commanded through Moses that the sons of Israel should live in booths during the feast of the seventh month.” In Leviticus 23:43 you can read that this feast is called The Feast of Booths where the sons of Israel live in booths (tents) to remind them of how the Lord had delivered His people from their wanderings and out of Egypt. Here’s what Kelly Minter says about it: “Though Israelites had regularly celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles, which was a time of harvest and celebration, they had not been observing the part about living in booths. But this was vital to their experience because it was a tangible reminder of how the Israelites had once lived when they wandered through the wilderness.”
I just loved reading about this this morning because here in our home we are doing this same thing—Remembering the faithfulness of our God that led us out to lead us in and to remember the amazing work He did withIN our hearts. He has continued to be extremely personal, overwhelmingly gracious, unquestionably holy and able to redeem. And just like in the days of Nehemiah, “There was great rejoicing.” We are rejoicing around here these days. So thankful the Lord doesn’t give up on his stubborn people.