The ground feels shaky at the moment.
I’m attempting to maintain my posture and balance as I navigate the bumpy sensation. As I walk to my left, my routine visits with my neighbor have ceased. He passed away a month ago and changes to his homestead are in progress. A new landscape has emerged and pebbles stream the driveway as I walk over to chat with his family.
To my right, another neighbor’s house remains uncomfortably quiet. our beloved neighbors who we regarded as family have moved away. The normal signs of life abounding around their home are absent. No toys greeting me as I stride toward the backdoor. No blades of grass crushing beneath my bare feet as I walk over to ask her a question or tell my son to come home for dinner.
And here in my own home? My feet pace the floor as I engage conversations about the future. My youngest begins the journey to high school. My oldest prepares for his second year of college and my middle tries to recognize the reality that she graduates next year. And in the midst of it all, my husband interviews for jobs. He was laid off in March.
I, myself, contemplate where I’m headed next year. My own set of decisions lie before me.
The ground feels shaky at the moment. But, I can’t complain. I prayed for it.
I prayed for my neighbor as he battled the reality of his body deteriorating.
I prayed for our other neighbors who sought discernment regarding their future.
I pray for my kids as they develop into the new seasons that God has been preparing them for. I wait with anticipation to see how their skills and passions take flight in God’s Kingdom.
I prayed for my husband to find peace as he navigated challenging work situations. God answered. He was released to move toward a new opportunity.
The cracks in the Earth will not swallow me. My feet will remain steady. I am not alone.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.
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