I love looking back on old journal entries (or blog posts) to see what God’s been up to. It’s always a snapshot of God’s message in Isaiah 61:3: “ to give to them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness… that He might be glorified.” When we humbly seek Him, God takes our chaos and turns it into something beautiful. Last month was spent desperately searching for God’s plan in the chaos; this month, I rejoice in the order and purpose God has brought through the chaos.
First of all, “normal” has been reestablished. Sammy and I successfully completed our move on September 14, and within a week, all tension was replaced with peace. With no car and limited mobility, we are thankful for a library, a park, and many other nearby diversions as well as rides to church. The contrast to our former situation is stark! God had it all figured out… go figure!
The week of the move, I asked God for three things: a ride to Celebrate Recovery, a date for my move to Culiacán (which I felt God gently pushing toward the New Year), and a purpose for my time here. The following day, God answered all of them! Jeremy, a friend at Celebrate Recovery, lives just 5 minutes from me and offered me a ride every week. He also told me he felt God wanted me to help him start a new Celebrate Recovery program. It clicked! A ride, a date, and a purpose! Celebrate Recovery’s start-up plan is a 90-day process, which will take us right up to the New Year, and in the meantime, I will be actively serving in CR and gaining hands on experience for Culiacán. God had it all figured out… go figure!
On October 1, I attended a Celebrate Recovery one-day seminar that deepened my desire to work with CR, while further equipping me to start one. As a result, Jeremy and I were able to start planning. This weekend, we will be discussing our plans and getting started. I’m excited to see what God is going to do. The location of this new CR is just minutes away from my ladies’ Bible study group (who want to participate) and another friend who just asked me for information about the program. God had it all figured out… go figure!
Most of us are familiar with Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God….” but forget what stillness is. Exodus 14:13-14 says, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you… The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Stillness is not restrained; it’s resting in God, knowing that He’s got this. And that is the story of September for me.