As we enter the new year, many of us are looking forward with new goals, and directions, while some are looking to the past on what took place, or reminiscing. Right now for me, it’s remembering my dad, who past away three years ago, tomorrow.
I recently found this photo of the time our family was treated for a weekend trip to Knoxville, TN by one of his customers. We stayed in a great hotel, ate well, and got to take my first limo ride to go see the UT Vols play. (Yes, even my brother, a FL fan participated.) It was a great weekend where we got to experience new things, were taken well cared of, and enjoyed being a family. But at the end of the day, it was not about any of those things. It was about my dad.
It was about my dad, a quiet man, who showed us his love in such a way that he would invite us into his world to experience these new things as a family. And along the way, we got to hear from others whom he worked with share encouraging words about him that we as a family knew as well – a man who was a hard worker, loyal, wise…to name a few.
Prior to his death, I told my parents that I sensed that I’d be entering into a new season, and would be returning home, but was not aware of what that would look like. I questioned it until this past fall, when God told me that the new season I am in is one without an earthly father, supporting a mom without her spouse for over 45 years. And just yesterday, during prayer, God explained that He knew the “what, when, & how” it would all take place, and where I needed to be and doing afterwards, to better care for mom, during this new season.
Even though I did not have all the answers, God did. And, in His timing!
So as we walk together into 2016, may we be reminded each day, that we are loved and cared for, even during new seasons or difficult situations. Even when we don’t have all the answers, God has a plan and purpose with His best interest in mind – us!
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7
I thank each of you for your prayers, your encouragement, and your financial support.