Reflecting on 2014, I find myself very grateful for God’s many specific provisions for a venture that required both faith and courage from me. A job opportunity for my husband led to a cross-country move for our family to a new place where we knew no one. Our small offerings of courage and faith were met with God’s abundant provision.
Courage to leave deep roots of shared lives, a spiritual home, comfortable community and closeness of family… met with the gift of new friendships, though they come and grow slowly, and the gift of loneliness, drawing us to call out to the Lord and reach out to others.
Faith to trust God’s provision for our children’s schooling… met with great educational opportunities for each: the chance to learn in a new language for our linguistically-inclined son, an excellent and nurturing teacher calling out the best in our eldest daughter, a good preschool program housed in the elementary building—a delight to our youngest.
Courage to take a new part-time job myself, though it felt like quite a professional stretch after 8 years at home… met with kind and helpful colleagues, delightful, engaged and motivated students, an exquisitely beautiful commute through the mountains, a dear and attentive caregiver for our children who pours into their lives two afternoons a week, and the joy of doing something that I love. And an invitation from one of my students to participate in this blog!
In the dark and challenging moments of 2015, I will choose to savor these tailor-made gifts, remembering that “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 (NIV)