When Things Don’t Make Sense


I’ll be putting our house up for sale in the next few weeks. I knew this moment would come eventually, but not quite this soon, so it’s bittersweet. After spending a good deal of time in prayer over it, I knew that God was confirming it, which was why I contacted my agent last week to get the ball rolling. I was in the car the other night, getting a little teary-eyed over the idea when God asked, “Do you want my best?” That was all it took, a confirmation, that yes, Rachel, this is hard, it’s not something you necessarily will want to do right now, but it’s the right thing.


For months now I’ve been going back to Proverbs 3: 5, 6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”

Even so, there’s a few favorite things I’ll miss:

1) the quiet
2) the beautiful trees (but not necessarily the year-round raking)
3) the Tony Danza (think 80’s sitcom “Who’s the Boss?”) swinging door between the kitchen and the dining room
4) the back deck

How about you? What things have you given up in the past and you later realized that God had an even bigger plan?

6 thoughts on “When Things Don’t Make Sense

  1. hmm, i'll have to think about that…but yesterday the boys got in trouble and lost their privilege to have chocolate milk at breakfast. this devastated them, but wasn't helping them make better choices. the thing was, i really wanted to give them chocolate milk. as soon as i realized that, i wondered what God really wanted to give me that I was giving up because I was still making poor choices….i'm sure there are a few.

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  2. Wow. That's a pretty profound thought, my initial reaction is that's where God's grace comes in, that we are sometime spared knowing what could be and just go forward, and as a great man of God says, “Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.”

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  3. so you are making that move! change is exciting but also scary, I know. to answer your question, the first thing that comes to my mind is fasting. Yes! the dreadful, painful fasting that I used to dread,, although right now it's just TV and internet surfing fast, the end results are 100% always a renewed, refreshed and more focused mind.

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  4. When my husband made some bad decisions, our whole lives changed in the blink of an eye. I had to give up everything about my life the way it was; my job, my church, my home, my friends, the very city and state we lived in. All had to be sacrified in the attempt to rebuild and redeem the family mess we were in. There are still things I miss, daily, about my old life. But I have seen God work in incredibly ways in this new life. There is nothing that we are called upon to sacrifice that He does not redeem. Trust in that. I'm sorry your husband left you, and with such a little one. It happens way too many times in our world today. Please know you are in my prayers.

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  5. I guess that would be the university and career I thought I wanted. Instead, I went where the scholarship money was, met some of the most important people in my life, and got a degree debt-free. That decision, by turns, has brought me to where I am today, and I like it. He is faithful. I really appreciate the way you are living, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” šŸ™‚

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