Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Live life as if you know 'the rest of the story'!

I learned...well, I'm still learning a great lesson recently.  My family moved to Wiesbaden Germany on 3 January after receiving orders last summer.  It has been a wonderful experience for my entire family, after having gone through some challenges.  Our son Christopher joined the US Air Force in September but unfortunately had to leave early because of a heart issue.  So our challenges getting to Germany were numerous.

I worried about many things.  First, getting Christopher on our orders after having heart issues was daunting.  I believed he would get denied because of the care in Germany and we would get our orders changed.  Second with the 'fiscal cliff' facing our nation because of our increased government spending and the subsequent cut backs, I thought our orders would get cancelled in order to save money.  And to top all of this off, I had a deep sense of guilt after receiving orders to Germany.  I know I do not deserve such gifts so I believed everything would fall through at the last minute.

But something fantastic happened...EVERYTHING came together as planned and actually it came together better than I could have anticipated.  We are now in Germany and Christopher is with us, doing well.  We moved in to our new house yesterday and even small gifts like an attached garage, which for Germany is a huge blessings because few people over here including military have garages.  We visited Worms and Heidelberg last weekend and we plan to visit Rothenburg this weekend.  Now usually things don't go as planned in my life, though it seems to work out nonetheless, but EVERYTHING came together.

So I learned a great God even when things go poorly but especially when things go well.  And trusting God involved knowing who He is and trusting that our Father in Heaven actually has a plan for our lives and works out all things for His good (Romans 8:28-36).

As for me, with all of the possible barriers preventing us from enjoying Europe, I learned that to trust God means to look at my life through His eyes.  He knows the end, the last page, the 'rest of the story' so I can trust that since He knows all, He does what's best.  If I look at my life through His eyes, I can live my life as if I know the end, the rest of the story because even though I don't know how my life will work out, He does.  And the end result is a sense of freedom; freedom from worry about my future.  Because if my future is anything like my past, I am in for a glorious 'rest of the story', no matter how it works out.  He is my Savior.