Friday, September 29, 2006
Coming Out of the Fog
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done." Genesis 50:20
Joseph spoke those words to his brothers after they sent him a message to see if he was planning on killing them. Joseph could have been hardened and taken revenge on his brothers for all that he had been put through because of them. He, however, chose to forgive them and recognized that even though they intended harm towards him, God had made it into good.
Over the past few months, I have been in a spiritual fog so to speak about some decisions that Abbey and I need to make about where we will go to church. Bad things have happened and last night, a light bulb sort of went off for both of us. The pain of leaving a church is still there, but we are both beginning to see how God can use that for good.
We had supper with some of the most loving people last night. They are friends from our church in Joelton. We recognize that no matter what happens there, God gave us lifelong friends who love and care for us very much. It doesn't matter where you go to church, but it does matter who your friends are, who your family is.
We have been going to Springfield Baptist Church, and although we have yet to find a Sunday School class, we have already started to develop relationships with people. At Joelton, we never had friends without children. That's not a bad thing, but we don't have children. Tonight we are having supper with 4 other couples from SBC who do not have children and they all live in Springfield. For nearly two years, we have lived in Springfield and have NEVER had any friends there. Finally, we are beginning to make some connections.
Yes, some may have intended to harm us. God is even greater, though, and He is going to accomplish a great work for us! So, we're coming out of the fog and finding our new place. The relationships we have built, the friendships we have made, and the children whom God has blessed our lives with from Joelton cannot be taken away. It's a new day now, true friends are not hindered by city limits, church memberships, and gas prices. We'll never lose those friends we've made. But we're coming out of the fog, we're finding a new place to worship, a new place to call home.