Friday, October 2, 2009

Before a word is on my tongue...

"Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord." (Ps. 139:4)
I've been going to a Mom's in Touch group since school started.  It's a group of women who meet together to pray for their kids and their schools.  I told them about Jacob, Audra, and Will, but I never mentioned Anna.  They might have wondered why I was so tearful the first day.  It was because I was afraid I couldn't pull myself together enough to pray for my prayer partner's daughter... Anna.   But I didn't say anything.  I didn't mention it last week either.
But this week it came up---and spilled out.
Why today?
Because today there is a former MIT group member dying of cancer.  Because today there is group member whose husband has a (hopefully) benign brain tumor.  Because today, we all needed to be reminded that God is still in control and that this life is not all there is.  Because, AFTER I shared, the MIT leader told me that she was going to visit a woman today who had lost her son to cancer a few months ago.  She didn't know what to say to her, but God had impressed upon her heart that she needed to reach out to her.  I wrote down Anna's website, my email address and told her to tell this woman that I was going to go to a bereavement group next week for the first time and that she was welcome to go with me.
Do you see HIM in the details and the timing?  Do you see how He "works all things together"?
He knows.  He sees. He cares!

A Sweet Reunion

Nineteen years ago I was teaching school in Kenya.  One of my students was a 5th grader named Kara.  We spent a lot of time together in school and out of school.  Last night I saw Kara at the concert I went to.  She is now married with three kids and living in South Asia.  Nineteen years ago, I was 12 years older than Kara.  But now that she is a grown woman with kids, it seems like we are the same age ---amazing how that happens!


Shelley said...

I love the God moments! And to think that you could have missed MIT this morning to go walking with me instead. So happy you went...

Lauren said...

I love the God moments, too, how He is working all these details out in your life.
You will be such an encouragement to these families.

Doug and Heidi said...

guess I don't feel too bad for David and Kara having to sit through meetings this week! They didn't say that they got to go to a concert! :)

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to tell you that I am continuing to follow your journey and be encouraged by God working through you. Also, today God led me to post the links to both of your pages, here and at Caring Bridge. I don't know why but I know I needed to share your journey and I beleive someday we'll both know why. You all, (or in case you're missing Okie land, Ya'll) are still in my thoughts and prayers as you "press on". One day you will know what a blessing you have been to me and to so many others because of your willingness to be you and to share you and your family with so many. In His unfailing love, Trish Francen

Reba said...

It sounds like God knew exactly when you needed to share your story and who needed to hear it. He is always there in the details even when we don't see it. I love your reunion story. Once in a great while I will run into a former student and be struck by the fact that they have grown up much more than I have. :)


Liz said...

I love how God works out every detail of our lives & allows us to experience everything we do in exactly the right way so that later on, we can reach others for HIM!! He is SO good.