My heart is very sad tonight. My sister and her son left, and soon they will board a plane and join her husband for a new life in Alaska. Our boys are finally able to play together, and now they will hardly know each other. At least for the next 3 to 4 years. I know it's not forever, but I just can't believe that we won't be spending Christmas with them, or watching Austin take his first steps, or .... I could go on and on, but I won't.
I won't because, beyond the sadness in my heart, I trust that the Lord is doing something here. His purposes aren't known to me, but nevertheless, He has a plan for Nate and Ruth and right now it obviously includes Alaska.
These verses are encouraging my heart tonight:
"And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You." Psalm 9:10
"As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him." Psalm 18:30
"Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us." Psalm 62:8
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding..." Proverbs 3:5
Nate, Ruth, and Austin, we love you and miss you already. It breaks our hearts to see you go, but we know the Lord has work for you in Alaska. We are so glad to see you go willingly, evenly joyfully, because you trust in the sovereign purposes of the Lord. You have always sought His counsel for your family, for your future, and He has never let you down yet. Nor will He. And this is the stuff that faith is made of, isn't it? Following the Lord into the unknown, doing things we never thought we could do?
Ah, well, enough of the sad stuff...seems I've caught Simon's fever, and that doesn't help the emotions any. :)