They say it's my birthday....Happy Birthday to me! I'm hearing that song in my head. Are you hearing it? What a whirlwind kind of week I've had. I found out this week that my job, and entire department, was being eliminated and my last day of work would be today...on my birthday. Really? Yea, really!
Initially, that was a bummer and I'd really be gossiping if I went into the details of what that company is all about, but suffice it to say that I've come to realize that my unexpected departure was all for the best. God had an exit strategy for me. Not exactly what I would have chosen or expected, but for my benefit, nonetheless. I recently prayed that God would free me up to do more ministry with my husband. Be careful what you pray for, because God has the prerogative and power to answer. He is faithful to give us that which fulfills His purposes. Really!
As I awoke this morning, I was reminded that God doesn't often make Himself known in the ways that I would expect. Most people who know me, also know that I hate snow - unless it's on a mountain in beautiful Colorado! Yet, this morning there was such a magnificent blanket of snow here in the Midwest. My usual disdain for such weather was quickly dissolved as I took in the beauty of the landscape. Just as that blanket of snow had thoroughly covered the tree branches and transformed them into a beautiful masterpiece, God's comfort and peace had blanketed me with His strength and love and was continuing to transform my heart. What a special birthday gift. It was not at all what I expected, but such a blessing! Really:-)
Romans 8:28, "And we know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." NIV
Sunday, February 19, 2012
This is on our trip to Steamboat Springs, CO a couple of summers ago. It almost feels like you're meeting the clouds and arriving in Paradise:)