Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Your Face, Lord, Do I Seek

Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings.
― Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

Huge changes are coming and I cannot say I am disappointed. I look forward to them with great hope and encouragement. The first actually occurred last year with a move to the great state of Texas from California, where I had been living for the past 18 years. The relocation was well overdue and had been planned for 10+ years! We adjusted nicely to our new “home”, and state, and had time to get settled over the past year. However, this was only the beginning.

The horizon boasts of what is yet to come. It is like a storm brewing. The clouds roll in, the wind whips about, and the temperature drops. All the indicators are there. It is the end of some seasons and the start of others. If I am completely honest, I will tell you there might be a hint of anxiety. But for the most part I welcome all of it with open arms.

Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.

― Tony Robbins

The most difficult part of all of this, at this point, is I will not be able to travel for a bit. It could be a year or three or four! For a nomad and pilgrim like me, this is going to be a massive challenge! I feel “compelled” to travel in every fiber of my being. Staying in one spot too long causes a sense of uneasiness and restlessness.

I thrive on roadtrips and adventures. My two youngest children have been accompanying me to each destination since they were newborns. Not to mention, it runs in my family. My maternal grandmother was a wanderer...stories about her are “legendary”. I can also name at least one uncle and some cousins...all on the same side of my family who also love to roam. Regardless if it is domestic or abroad, we go and relish every moment of it!

When I sit and think about all that I can expect, eight (8) things spring to mind. Eight significant adjustments within the next year or so! In one of my classes for my bachelor’s degree, I studied life events that cause stress. When I researched this on the internet, I found the following list at http://www.health24.com. I cannot remember the exact ones about which I read in my class but this spreadsheet looks similar enough.

Regardless of all that is heading my way, God will provide and protect me and my children. He has been giving me such encouragement the past month and a half or so! All things are His servants (Psalm 119:91) and He is ever faithful! His most recent encouragement to my soul is Psalm 27:
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.
3 Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.
4 One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.
5 For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.
6 And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
8 You have said, "Seek my face."
My heart says to you,
"Your face, Lord, do I seek."
9 Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the Lord will take me in.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.
13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!

Today, and everyday, I am so thankful to be covered and protected by an all knowing, all powerful God! All honor and glory are His!
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