Have you ever had that “Footprints” feeling? That thought that, “I’m not seeing God, so I guess He must be carrying me!” I have to admit, I’ve felt like that a couple of times over the last four years. I know that God is there, but it’s just so hard to see him through circumstances. My husband has on several occasions reminded me that God is ALWAYS faithful!
My family is and will be experiencing transition in several areas over the next several months. We have had to step out in faith, and I can truly say that I have seen God show up repeatedly.
I was struggling with some events that I knew were coming up, and I knew that each of the events would cause my husband and me to make some decisions that are potentially life changing for the members of our family. Some of these were unexpected, and others were a long time coming. It was pretty scary and I really needed to hear from God. Thankfully, I was able to attend a women’s conference at Gateway Church and just get out of Lubbock, away from daily responsibilities, and relax and spend some time with the Lord. He showed up (of course) over and over and really gave me peace about the future. He took away some bitterness that I felt building in my heart and replaced it with confidence and faith. At one point of the conference, on our way out the door, everyone was handed a small envelope that had a card with something typed on it. I jokingly made the ladies around me wait for just the right moment to go out the door so I got exactly the word that God had for me. I quit laughing when I opened up my envelope and read this:
It was an eloquent way of expressing exactly how I felt, coupled with the encouragement/reminder that God SEES me. He knows my struggles, and is working behind the scenes to help me through them! What a blessing to receive such a tangible proof of God’s faithfulness!
I came back to Lubbock and began to act on the decisions that had to be made. The very day I began to feel discouraged, a coworker brought me this flower.
She had attended an event and was offered a flower. She thought of me and picked one up to bring me. She explained that this one reminded her of me, because although it is beat up around the edges, there is still a beautiful bloom. She then pointed out all the new growth around it. What an encouraging word!
Friends, I have shared these intimate stories from my life with you simply to encourage you! Please know that God sees you and knows what you are going through, and He ALWAYS shows up!
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