Jeremy and I keep laughing over the phone about how excited we are that we have such fun and happy moments to look forward to. His homecoming is a constant discussion amongst us: what we are excited to do and experience as a family, things we want to go see, stuff we can’t wait to do with the kids. I know I’m talking like it’s going to happen tomorrow and it is still a long way off, but I’m just so excited!
This hasn’t always been the case in the last 4-5 years of our life. We’ve certainly had to journey with sojourners named “Sorrow” and sometimes even “Suffering”. (Reference) Yes…I think in some ways I can absolutely say that this past year has had some elements of suffering; although more for Jeremy than me. It really sucks to be sad. It’s not fun to walk with sorrow or suffering. But I’m learning as I walk.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was going to start asking the Lord to help me be a woman as described in Proverbs 31:25, “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come”. I have some cabinet space all around my sink and since I seem to spend A LOT of time there, I have taped Scripture all around it as my reminder. It really helps me to focus on the Truth.
Today, I felt the Holy Spirit speaking to my heart and telling me to take notice that I am laughing at the days to come! That was such an encouraging word to my soul that I laughed all the more.
Jeremy and I still have an unknown journey ahead of us. I am sure that come this fall I’ll be very tempted to freak out and be filled with fear and anxiety over the days to come. But, in the mean time, I’m going to continue to pray that this Scripture is true of me and my life and my future. I don’t want my name to be “Much Afraid”. My hope is in God!
1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a]have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we[c] also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.