In 2017 we hammered down the tent pegs again. Starting what we thought would be a long season of doing life with a vibrant body of believers. Setting up our home and settling in to a new rhythm of ministry. Stability.
The next step
Mid-January of 2019, the quiet promptings of upcoming change became loud. And clear. We prayed for wisdom and assurance of His way forward.
One Sunday our pastor asked the church, “Is your ‘yes’ on the table?” His question only confirmed what our hearts already knew.
The Lord was leading us to take the next step of obedience.
To pull up the tent pegs. And move.
There was immediate joy that followed our “Yes, Lord.” And freedom as we released our future to Him with open hands.
But one evening I was hanging clothes in our closet and pondering the sudden upheaval. Processing change.
I thought about our young adult children, who’ve had their share of putting down roots then being uprooted. Having a more permanent address to come home to was a comfort. A landing place in the summer or on holidays.
Sighing to the Lord
I stood in the closet and sighed these concerns to the Lord. Anxious thoughts over interrupted summer plans. The ever changing “permanent address.” Grief from past moves that sometimes weaves its way into current change.
I slowly headed back to the living room, and sat down to read.
After the lament
Last year I mentioned my tendency to skip over Scripture verses quoted in books. A bad habit that developed during my early years of prolific reading. (In case you missed it, see: Rushing past )
The habit continued. Even in seminary. I had to discipline myself to read the Word inserted in textbooks about the Word, of all things.
I bring this up again because that evening after my closet lament, I almost missed a tender word from the Lord.
A word about stability
I started reading where I’d left off in The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield. In the next section was a Scripture passage.
Well, you know what happened. I was about to skip over it! And get to the rest of Rosaria’s words.
But in that moment, I was gently reminded: Read the Word.
So I did.
“The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high;
He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness,
and He will be the stability of your times,
abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge;
the fear of the Lord is Zion’s treasure” (Isaiah 33:5-6).
Tears flooded my eyes. Such a tender word from the Lord in the midst of instability and upheaval.
“He will be the stability of your times.”
He is our stability
This past week I’ve sung His praises in the midst of sorting and packing and giving away. Exalted the One who knows our comings and goings. Rested in His sovereignty.
The Lord is our stability. And He is our children’s stability.
No matter where we hammer down the tent pegs, we abide in Him. And in Him is an abundance of salvation and wisdom and knowledge.
Stability. Obedience to Him is worth it.
What about you?
Have you experienced joy in taking a next step of obedience? Have you struggled in the midst of change? What is your song of praise today?