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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Our Own Personal Festival of Lights

It's a bit easier to breathe now that a recent financially tense time has just about come to an end. I think I've had something of a 'keep your eyes closed and hang on' approach to the last seven months or so. . .knowing we were on a high wire of sorts, but trusting we were not going to fall.

Now that the roller coaster finally seems to be coming to an end, my eyes are cracking open a bit and I am a little surprised by what I'm seeing.

We had enough. Even though that was not possible.

We had enough.

Enough food, enough water, enough shelter, enough love. Enough.

The whole last season for our family has reminded me a bit of the Hanukkah story. . .we only really had enough 'oil' for one month. . .He stretched it to eight. And I can't, for the life of me, figure out any earthly way that was possible.  Except for Him, that is.

I'm sooooo grateful.  Grateful for the provision, the end of the difficult season and for the ways He's showed up in the last eight months.  But more than that, I'm secure in a way that I wasn't before.  Needing to shift our focus from our own abilities to a complete trust in His provision has done that for me.  And I hope that I don't ever lose that lesson.

Because there might be a 'next time' and, if there is, I don't want to be so wobbly on that wire.

"Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, 
they have no storeroom or barn; 
yet God feeds them. 
And how much more valuable you are than birds!"  Luke 12:24

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