Often when I’m thick in the daily grit, it’s difficult to step back and see the bigger picture of what God is doing in my life.
I see small strokes of His faithfulness and provision through personalized blessings: dinner delivered from a friend while my husband is traveling, an improved attitude with one of my kiddos, a mechanic’s second opinion and car crisis averted. But I’m not always able to envision the full masterpiece the Creator is painting, can’t always grasp that there is a larger story He is writing.
When I’m in the middle of living, I only have narrowed eyes to see the moment right in front of me.
But there is a blessing waiting…
The blessing of perspective.
The blessing of looking back over a series of seemingly disjointed events and coming to a deeper understanding of God’s fluid, continuous work in my life.
I recently was afforded this blessing when Amy J. Bennett asked me to be a guest on her podcast. Feathers: Faith in Flight is a podcast focused on telling stories of faith steps and how God uses life’s often unexpected circumstances to turn our hearts toward Him.
In our episode, I share about my journey over the last five years from a lonely mom desperate for one do-life-with friend to a mom thriving in community and living out my calling to encourage other women.
I love telling this story because through it I get to cast a light on the bigger picture God was painting in my life. In a season when I just needed to know I wasn’t alone, God was actually laying a foundation not only for deep friendships, but for ministry, writing, and ultimately learning to trust and follow Him into many unknowns.
After listening back to the interview with Amy, I was slightly embarrassed to discover that in my excitement of sharing this story I revert back to my junior high self and overusde the word “like” a few too many times. But I’m using it as just another reminder that God uses imperfect people to point to His perfect goodness.
So I hope you will carve out a pocket of time (while you’re folding laundry, running on the treadmill, or waiting in the carpool line) to listen through my flawed delivery and find encouragement wherever you are in your own story that God hears your cries, He sees your needs, and He has a greater plan for your life than you could ask or imagine.
Find the podcast here or go to iTunes and search for “Feathers: Faith in Flight”.
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