Being home has been wonderful…until today. Let me start by why it has been great. First of all, obviously, I’ve been able to reconnect with family and friends. I had a great time with Thornapple Covenant during their training. I also got to experience the graciousness of God in the following way: After 21 months of wading through someone’s crisis with them, they have finally come back to a God that never left them! I cannot begin to convey to you what joy fills my heart to know this after such a huge struggle…and how gracious of God for me to be able to be here to celebrate alongside this person?! How awesome is that?!? And now today…I found out today that my dog, Emma, has cancer. Let me tell you, it has been a crappy morning-and then a great friend pointed out the graciousness of God once again. I am here to be with her and to hear the news. I can’t even imagine hearing this news over the phone and not being able to be with her. Even though it doesn’t make the news any better, I am thankful that God is gracious. Now, some of you may have differing theological opinions on how God works and I am not about to write a dissertation on my thoughts, but I will take this time to say a few things. This time just reminds me of how much God loves me and knows what I need…and regardless on how God works in our lives to will and to work, I will do what a difficult line in a Matt Redman song says: “my heart will choose to say, Lord blessed be Your name.”

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