One year ago this weekend John Hunter and I said good-bye to and officially moved to Indy. Seriously one of the hardest things I have done. I remember being so sad as we said goodbye to Gigi and Grandad but being so happy when we pulled into Valleyview and jumping out to hug Eric. The past year has been a blur, it has had it's highs and lows, but one thing remains... God has been our constant.
Today as we sat through Easter service the theme was Grief turn to Joy. Last year I would have said I was in the grieving stages of life. My perfect plan, my comfort zone was in place. I loved living in Lexington, I loved my life, and I was comfortable there. To move to the Midwest was never apart of my plan, but His ways are higher.
Over the past year I have been so sad at times, but he has bottled each tear I have cried and slowing my grief has turned to joy. Cardboard Testimonies were done at church today and I was watched people share their story, some I knew many I did not, I felt a lump form in my throat! What would mind say... oh there are so many options, but all I could think of was "Had to move away from home I loved and was known" and on the backside saying "this world is not my home, he is preparing a place just for me"
I have seen His hand in my life more in the past year than in such a long time. He is faithful, he is constant, he provides, and he cares. The is the wiper of tears, healer of all things broken, lover of my soul, friend to the friendless.
The words of this song has been our anthem over the past year, read them, mediate on them, and cherish them. I only wish you could hear my dear friend Emily sing it... she will lead to to the throne!
Jesus draw me ever nearer
As I labor through the storm
You have called me to this passage
And I'll follow though I'm worn
May this journey bring a blessing
May I rise on wings of faith
And at the end of my heart's testing
With Your likeness let me wake
Jesus guide me through the tempest
Keep my spirit staid and sure
When the midnight meets the morning
Let me love You even more
May the treasures of the trial
Form within me as I go
And at the end of this long passage
Let me leave them at Your throne