New Year, New Promises, New Plans

Happy New Year!

I hope this year has brought you the promise of a new possibilities, new plans and the promises of new successes. For me, I find myself sitting on a new sofa, in the living room of a new house in a new city. And as I looked out the window at the pristine white snow blanketing everything, the Lord reminded me of a petition I placed before Him around the middle of last year.

At the time, I was living in a city where I must at admit, I was not happy. The decision to move there involved reasons that were not very pleasant, nevertheless necessary. After four years with less than favorable outcomes, the question became, "Lord, why am I still here?" Before I was able to verbally articulate my desire for change, my spirit was crying out for a different place. A new place. A fresh place where I my creative juices could flow again. I remember saying to the Lord;

"I want to be in a quiet place with a more simplistic way of life. Not so busy, but a nice environment with something nice to look at."

I longed for a community of people - friends and family who we could spend time with. A peaceful place where I could rediscover my literary voice and finally heed the voices of those characters who've been asking for their stories to be told.

In that moment as I shared this unspoken request, I thought it was simply the musings of a lonely heart, but as time progressed, the Lord began whispering back about change. Another move - one that would bring the promise of fulfillment. Even as the plan started to take shape, obstacles arose and I questioned if this move would or could happen. Then Father whispered to me...

"I'm trying to answer your prayer. I'm trying to give you what you asked for so just have faith and let me do this for you."

Taking His words to heart, I did just that. I laid hold to the promise. I applied my faith. I trusted, I believed, I rested in His promise and the certainty in His voice. Now, I'm here. Just where I need to be. Exactly where I wanted to be.

Sitting on my new sofa, in the living room of my new home, looking out the window at the snow glistening in  the morning sun, in this quiet little community, surrounded by friends and family who have welcomed us so graciously. I'm rejoicing in the promise fulfilled. I'm getting back to work, reviving my dream while helping others fulfill theirs and making plans for future successes.

God is so good and so faithful. Don't you just love Him? I sure do!

"Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart." Psalms 37:4 (Amp.)

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