I am in our new place. It’s 9:12 am. Jason already left for church. I woke up sick as a dog so I stayed home. I slept for another hour and then got out of bed. I don’t know how to explain how I feel right now, but I’m going to try.
Right now, I’m sitting on the lounge part of our sofa facing out the front window. The sun is shining in my new neighborhood and I can hear birds singing. It is absolutely silent other than that. I just feel overwhelming peace. I feel overwhelming contentment. I feel overwhelming joy. “You give me joy that’s unspeakable.” That’s the phrase that comes to mind about my God.
So I was sitting here and starting my Masters’ work for the week that’s due tonight. And I just kept getting distracted by nothing. There’s nothing going on outside. And ironically that distracts me. It makes me want to look. It makes me want to go outside. It makes me want to jump for joy.
“The joy of the Lord is my strength.” (Neh. 8:10) Yesterday the joy I felt as we moved was palpable. Our friends and family came out in strength and I think that I had more fun moving and laughing with them than I could have anticipated. Who likes moving? I certainly don’t. But yesterday was positively joyful. Full of joy.
“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. ” (Ps. 5:11)
I keep thinking about your goodness to us. “You bless the righteous.” I am definitely not righteous on my own. I know that I have absolutely no righteousness, but only that which comes through faith. It’s your righteousness that you’ve gifted me. And then on top of that you gift me with your favor? “You surround them with your favor as with a shield.” Over and over again for the last ten days you have poured out your goodness and favor on us. It’s overwhelming, really.
We meet with Shane to discuss budget and all decided it would be better for us to find a cheaper place and for them to stay in their place. That was Thursday. We start searching for new places on Saturday. We find the house we love on Tuesday. They don’t take pets, but she changes her mind. They want $1250 a month, but she drops it to $1100 (exactly the $150 decrease we’d asked for). We want to move in this weekend, she wants us to wait until next weekend. But she changes her mind and we have the keys by Friday? 8 days after we met with Shane.
Our community group and family comes out in force. One couple (Jenny and Kyle) lend us their amazing truck and trailer that allows us to fit everything in 3 trips. We had help from Luke and Tiffany, Eve, Paul and Tammy, Joel. Then the family came out in force and Monica, Mom, Dad, Tember, Perry and Salena (and the girls) helped for hour after hour.
When we’d finally finished packing the old house up, I looked up into the sky and saw a huge rainbow. Rainbows are my thing. I always feel like God shows me one when I need a reminder that He’s right there with me. He was all over it and I was blown away. We made our final trip to the new house and started unpacking. About an hour into unpacking here, someone called me to the back window. It was another rainbow. Bursting with joy.
“Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me thus far.” (2 Sam. 7:18)
To you be ALL the glory. Thank you for this joy.