Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sunshine and Sabbath

I never intended to take such a long break from writing. But, I have been quiet on purpose.

Three weeks ago today our foster daughters were adopted (along with their siblings--a total of five children under 12) by one of their family members. We have all been in an adjustment period. I have not had a chance to speak with the girls yet, I am respecting the wishes of their adoptive parent to give them time and space. I am praying God will intervene in their hearts and assure them how truly, deeply and forver loved they are by us--even though we cannot tell them ourselves.

We are in a Sabbath season, a recovery mode for our home and hearts. Our family of five has bounced back sweetly to prior routines but with an altered rhythm. We are not the same people we were 17 months ago. And that is good.

For most of my 42 years the tendency of my flesh and my emotions is to rush to judgment quickly. I like to handle things, wrap them up in a tidy bow and move on. It's not just me. Our busy world loves memes, sound bites, t-shirt statements and bumper stickers. 

The older I get the more realize that most of life is not just a simple narrative. I want it to be so...a quick adage at the end of every challenge that I can walk away with like a badge proving I've conquered that lesson. I crave a headline of redemptive meaning to every troubling scenario-- immediately.The last year or so of life has taught the importance of letting life's lessons simmer. I am learning to get comfortable with not having an answer or simply stated conclusion. I randonly came across a post I wrote 6 1/2 years ago with this same theme, an ironic reminder of just how long some life lessons perculate.  

So, even though I'm not very productive as a writer these days. I am still here. 

One day I will probably share more about the day the girls left and all the conflicting emotions of our 17 month journey with their family, but not yet. The story is still in progress and I can't even clearly identify the main theme--except maybe this: Don't rush it. Have faith. Let Him work. Be still and know. 

The mental picture I have of my heart and soul is sitting in an adirondack chair in the crisp Fall sunshine. Eyes closed, head back, feeling and listening but not rushing to declare any conclusions or lessons just yet. I am reading, thinking, living, spending a lot of time in the Word...basking in all of it. It feels like the healthy thing to do.

"When God intervenes and we get a chance to know we're blessed and to feel blessed, nothing is more appropriate than seizing the happy moment...Even if all we do is lean our heads back in the sunshine of our soul's Sabbath and take a minute to feel the glad emotion, it is meant by God to be medicine for our weary souls." -from Esther: It's Tough Being a Woman by Beth Moore (page 194)

We are in a season of sunshine Sabbath for our souls and it is full of peace that transcends understanding. God IS good and it IS well. 


Missy June said...

Thank you for the update. I know your souls are being nourished after giving for such a season. How well you describe our desire for instant resolution, yet the truth for each of is that we are in process.


LeighAnn said...

It is so good to hear from Him,through you this, morning. Having been a bio child in an upper middle class family who also shared her parents and home with a foster child for a year, I have been interested in your journey. You are such a gifted writer. I look forward to hearing more from you after your much needed rest and reflection.


LeighAnn said...

I see a typo in my comment...I don't know where that stray comma came from... :)

k and c's mom said...

Sure have missed your thoughtful and thought provoking words. What a season you've been through...and what a season to come, I'm sure. Blessings on you and your sweet people.

Denise Ross said...

Great wordsJMom. Holding on to your heart words, "don't rush it, have faith, let Him work, be still and know." Thank you, they are timely for me at this particular time. I too, love to have everything neatly packaged and fixed now, but I have to wait on God and let Him do his work and in His time. The waiting is hard, but I have to trust, wait and remember that Gods ways are so much better than my ways and He has a work to do, separate to me. Until then I will keep fervently praying and lift my heart to him. I can do nothing, except be used by God, should he choose, but if He doesn't, then I must pray, trust and wait.

jen said...

Your blog always speaks to me...thank you for your openness and sharing your heart.