Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cooperating with God...

The last 12 days have been like a whirlwind! Luke headed off to his first day at his new job on Monday! So excited to hear about it & see what doors have been opened or will be opened! I prayed with him before he left… he would never show any anxiety, but I know it has to be a little strange to start something totally new! Although he spent many years working at local co-ops… over 25 years at Pigeon Co-op & 7 ½ at Falmouth Co-op. He has had good preparation for this! Manager of Acres Co-op in Scottville… not sure what this job entails, but I know that the people that work there are going to be blessed by a great, loving man with a greater servant’s heart! I know I may be a little partial… but it is true! Almost anyone that knows Luke would say the same. I just love that guy!
Three years ago when he got his previous job, it was a dream job that came at the perfect time. I always had a feeling that a job like that would not last, but I had peace about it, so even though I was shocked when Luke came home & told me he was let go… I was shocked, but not too surprised. Not sure if that makes any sense??? A couple months back, Luke was going to a meeting with his boss, & I had the feeling at that time he was being let go… not for any particular reason, just a feeling. When Luke came home that day from his meeting, I questioned him if everything was ok, if he was doing good, if his boss had any criticism for him… Luke answered “No. Why?” I said that there was no reason, just checking… I let that thought pass. At that time I examined my heart & asked myself, what would I do if Luke came home with that news? I prayed & said to God… whatever is to come Lord, I know that You’ve got it! I never told Luke about this until after he was released from his job. I do believe that was a test for me… I know God was preparing my heart! Even though I know I didn’t pass with flying colors… I did pass!
“My brothers and sisters, be very happy (count it all joy) when you are tested in different ways. You know that such testing of you faith produces endurance. Endure until your testing is over. Then you will be mature and complete, and you won’t need anything.” ~ James 1:2-4
The next part that comes for me in my test is my adjustment to change… once again! It has been so nice having Luke work from home! We enjoy spending the majority of our time together… working shoulder to shoulder… this should be interesting to see how it all unfolds. We started the B&B to do it together! And God is blessing it so much! I know that will continue, but I have to be willing to change!
“My thoughts are not your thoughts, and My ways are not your ways,” declares the Lord. ~ Isaiah 55:8
Our comfort is not what God is ultimately concerned about… Really?... Really! It’s about growing our character! I like to be comfortable though! ;) I’ll let you in on a little tidbit of information… a few weeks ago Luke had been told about the job as manager at the farmers' co-op in Scottville. He came home & told me. It was nice to know others thought enough of him for him to be on the shortlist of a job offer… I did tell Luke that it was nice, but that he was fine where he was at… I think my words were, “no need to rock the boat.” I also said, that God will let us know when the time is right to move on to another job. Funny!? I was being selfish at the time… I’ll admit it! I didn’t want him taking a job that would change anything about the way our life was. I didn’t want things to change! Like that verse says… I had my own thoughts & they weren’t God’s thoughts at all! 
I know I am just rattling on & if you are still reading, you are probably thinking, “Well, what’s the point?” ;) I guess there are a couple points… I love God so much! He is so faithful! What I have experienced in my relationship with the Lord is just hard to even fathom! Yes, He did provide a new job for Luke in a quick manner, but even if He hadn’t… I hope I would be still singing His praises! It is not what He does… it always has to be just about Who He is! For weeks Holy Spirit has been speaking to my heart about keeping my eyes on what I do have in my life & stop paying any attention to what I don’t have… it comes right down to a heart of thankfulness. Life can be so hard… the ups & downs… dealing with the day to day struggles… DON’T LOSE HEART! Trust God! Don’t ever give up! Be open to whatever God’s way is… don’t put Him in a box! Kick the lid off that box & push the sides out! I’m trying! I’m learning! I’m a work in progress! So thankful the Lord never gives up on me… and He never gives up on you either!
“I’m convinced that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it through to completion on the day of Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 1:6

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