Thursday, January 27, 2011

Gracious Uncertainty

.gracious uncertainty.
“Certainty is the mark of the common-sense life:
gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life.
To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we do not know what a day may bring forth.
This is generally said with a sigh of sadness,
it should be rather an expression of breathless expectation.
We are uncertain of the next step, 
but we are certain of God.
Immediately we abandon to God, 
and do the duty that lies nearest,
He packs our life with surprises all the time…
We are not uncertain of God, but uncertain of what He is going to do next.
…when we are rightly related to God,
life is full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainty and expectancy…
Leave the whole thing to Him,
it is gloriously uncertain how He will come in,
but He will come.
Remain loyal to Him.”
_oswald chambers

A sweet friend sent this devotion to me last week.  I keep thinking about it.  It's really where I live now.  My reality.

We have made a decision!  By God's grace, we have decided to move to Wilmington!  I say by God's grace because I am quite certain that's the only way I was able to utter the words, "Okay, I'll go."  I am heartbroken but hopeful for what the Lord is going to do there.  Heartbroken to leave all my comforts here.  All the precious people that mean the world to me, our church, our school.  We have a nice life here.  A blessed life.  But as the days have gone by the Lord has closed the doors for us to stay and He's made it clear he has a plan for us in Wilmington.

My God, He's faithful!  He will carry me, us.  Through the rough few months ahead until we move, through the goodbyes, and the new hellos, through the loneliness of being in a new place.  He's faithful.

We won't be moving until this summer.  I am praising God for this time to soak my friends and family up.  They might be tired of me by the time we leave:))

The girls took it pretty well, in case you are wondering.  They don't want to go, but they aren't flipping out yet:)  They don't fully comprehend it all.  There's lots of questions.  And we answer each and every one.

In true God fashion, we have friends that are moving to the same exact area!  We don't know them super well yet, but we will soon enough!

My God He is able.  Able to help us through this gracious uncertainty.


Jeanie said...

great post, Lindsay. the Lord IS faithful! excited for you guys...but you will be missed!

Denise said...

Wow, Lindsay. God has moved! I praise Him that He has given you guys peace with the future!!! I am excited for you guys. A move is always a means to lead us to trusting God more!

Madeira girl said...

I know this is hard news, but I am excited for you anyway! He is taking you out of your comfort zone and that will bless you so much! These past few years have pressed me hard, but it has been good. I know you will be tested and find your dross is removed and your gold refined. What does he have in store for the Gibson crew now?? You are all loved though and will be missed.

Dana said...

You'll still be close to family and friends, just think about how far it could be! We leave Italy three weeks from today. To move back to America, to a state neither of us has ever been about afraid, lol. But I know that God will give me opportunities there, and He will let me come back to visit Italy in a couple years. You deserve happiness and comfort for your family! I'll be thinking of you!