Well, after we settled in, I discovered her husband, Ron, knew my late father. How is that for 30 degrees of separation! It blessed my soul to hear stories about my dad’s life at work. It touched me to learn he was as wonderful at work as he was with me.
After we enjoyed lunch and some relaxed conversation, my cousin couldn’t wait to share a scripture the Holy Spirit used to bless her. With almost child-like enthusiasm, she read Isaiah 30:15. Wow! It blessed me almost as much as it did her. That verse both fed and rebuked me at the same time. Truth be told: all afternoon that scripture has laid (rather heavily) on my spirit. God spoke to me deeply and intensely through that Word. Hey, did she do that on purpose? I dunno, either way, I needed that reminder. *smile*
You know, I thank God for blessing me with my “new” family members. It’s as though He saved the best of my life until now. They are gifts that confirm to me His might, sovereignty and compassion. They also confirm Joel 2:25.
Well, by the time I was twenty-three most my family members had died. By the time I was 34, almost all of them had died. But, look at God, who in his brilliant love and wisdom is restoring what I thought I lost – family. He’s giving me gifts that I didn’t think were possible.
Ironically, I have several such gifts. Susan, my second cousin, found me on the internet. A Jesus-loving psychologist God sent me in her person. You’ve gotta laugh at that. She can quote scripture while analyzing me at the same time! Plus, I guess I can get free therapy to boot! LOL
After her came Eileen, my poised, anointed cousin that shared lunch with me today. In her, God sent a woman with the mind of a theologian and the heart of a loving servant. She’s a madcap mixture of girlfriend, big sister, spiritual mentor and life coach (yeah, life coach). Check her out here .
Then there is Solomon, my paternal grandpa’s namesake, God brought him by way of another cousin researching our family’s genealogy. I’m incredibly thankful God deposited Solomon into the landscape of my life. I look forward to many years with him.
All of these people are gifts. Proof that sometimes God saves the best until the second, third and fourth seasons of life.
Be encouraged today, Godsy Girl. Remind yourself that your best years are ahead of you and not behind you. God is very creative and clever in restoring what you think the enemy, life, death or bad decisions stole from you.God really can restore all the years we've lost. Click To Tweet
The best is yet to come as you:
1. walk out God’s Word faithfully
2. live righteously inside your home and out, and
3. learn to rest in His faithfulness
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