While sitting on a plane in Birmingham, Al, after being diverted from Atlanta on a Saturday evening because of tornado warnings, I am wondering why I am so at peace with where God has me today.
My daughter, Kimberly, ministered at a women’s event in Chicago, Il, today, and I am privileged to travel with her. That means being upgraded to first class because she is a double diamond with Delta, so many sky miles, and all the perks!
Now listen, I have lived a life working very hard, with my sweet hubby, starting new churches and then constructing new buildings! Here I am traveling somewhere weekly and enjoying the amenities of comfort afforded because I’m with the right company.
Understand me! I am traveling first class because of the company that I keep! I know that I have favor with the Lord Jesus because I have been so at peace through my different seasons!
Did I say that I have begun a trading business? I am learning how to trade foreign currency and don’t understand why people are amazed. I may be 73 years of age but think as though I am 60, no 50. I have been telling my family the last several years that I want to learn how to trade. How awesome is it that my daughter knew someone who had made millions in the trading business and could give me the insight into learning the trade?
I know that I received a word from the Lord today that I would be blessed in my new trading business because I was faithful in my last season! The Bible tells us that, if you are faithful in a little, He will reward you with much! Isn’t that awesome! You see, my last season was faithfully serving my sweet hubby the last five years during his battle with dementia!
I remember when I had the conversation with God about our present, at that time. Our present was a diagnosis that would totally transform our lives, at it was. We were as busy as possible in our late sixties as we pastored a church and travelled to Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation in the world, at least once annually. So, now I am hearing from the neurologist that my vivacious hunk of a man could not be driving any longer nor go anywhere alone. This man was my go-to point of contact as I kept our life balanced. “Henry, run to Publix. We need milk. Henry, would you please run to the post office for me?” How in the world could I juggle our lives without Henry being my point of contact? And yet, our lives just kept moving from season to season. Of course, if you have been accompanying me on my journey, you know that Henry eventually passed in June from complications of dementia.
So, by experience, I have learned to just do what you do and know that God will deliberately give you more than you ever deserve! How awesome is that?
Truthfully, the first task of my morning is to read my Bible and then pray that Jesus will direct my steps for the day! Are you understanding why I am so excited to be living each day even though my best friend and hubby of fifty-two years just passed four months ago?
I knew that God would give me peace when I need it, and now, I walk in a place of new beginnings waiting for each day to begin. In fact, Kimberly and I have been awake since 4:30 am because she was on a Zoom call to a women’s conference in South Africa! Are you understanding that, when you walk in a season of new beginnings, you learn to excitedly welcome each day and know that there is a higher power, God, who is directing your steps!
If you are facing challenges that you cannot understand, please know that there is life after – Covid, death, sickness, job loss, even divorce!
Do I miss my Henry? Of course! And I thank Jesus daily for the strength to have cared for him until he took his last breath, but today, I am so thankful to be living and arising daily to live my best life!