When emotions collide

Let me just say that it’s an understatement to say I have a lot going on in my life right now. As I headed north for a bridal shower for my future daughter-in-law, I received a call from a company that’s working on my new condo renovation. It was one of the last things that needed to get done before the renovation was complete, so I was thrilled to know I would be able to move in on schedule the following weekend.

I made it safely to my destination and met the bride’s mother for the first time, along with other family members, friends and neighbors. Its was a blessing to see how much David’s chosen is loved by others. It was a real confirmation of her character and his good taste. It was a relaxing and blessed weekend.

While I was still there, I received an email from my publisher saying my book was done and my free copies were on their way to my house! The work of the last year was officially complete, and I would need to starting thinking about promoting and sharing the news.

To top all this off, my youngest is far, far away — doing wonderful things for the Kingdom of God, but more out of touch than in. A picture a day just does not cut it with mama. We’ve still got another month to go.

So, in my grief journey, I have a move, a wedding, a book and a son’s absence — all happening at once. I don’t have time to be excited or cry over any one thing when they are all coming at the same time.

Tonight at prayer meeting, we began talking about Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

I shared that half-hearted trust is really no trust at all. Words can come back to haunt us, for as I reflect on the myriad of emotions I want to feel, I smile and think — Lord, you must be keeping it all coming so I’ll just be forced to trust…to rest…in you alone. I make a choice tonight to trust the Lord for my move, for the wedding, for the book and for my son. My understanding doesn’t get me anywhere right now (not that it ever has before either). I’m just going to submit all of the above to Him and let Him make it all straight.

Are your emotions all aflutter? Trust and lean on the Straight Path Maker.

Grace and Peace


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