Monday, August 20, 2012

Seasons Change

The evenings are getting cooler now as we approach the end of August.  As soon as I get up I go to the sliding glass door and fling it open to get some crisp cool air to breathe in.  The seasons are changing and I can feel it in the air.  I love the change of seasons.  Something new to look forward to. Remembering back when we lived in the Azores I came to really appreciate seasons because there is only one season on that itty bitty island.  Green can actually get boring! 

We as people have seasons in our lives. As a young mom  thinking if I could just sleep through the night again, life would be much easier. Then it was potty training and the list just goes on.  Like the weather changes I have tried to embrace each new season of my life with anticipation.  When Rich was in the military we  moved around, seeing new places, new congregations and new cultures, they were all welcomed.

When Rich went into full time ministry we loved serving God in that way. Truth is, the opportunities to serve as teacher, mentor and encourager were like a comfortable glove you can slide into.  There was much to embrace. That is until the day he got sick and we entered a season that was not welcome.

Three and half very long years.  Nothing has challenged our marriage as this illness has.  Our roles became reversed.  The season was not welcome in our lives and we, like many of you, have prayed for healing for a very long time.  The LORD has listened to our prayers today as he did over 1,000 days ago. He has had a plan all along.  We never saw what the plan was 3 ½ years ago and we still can’t see the plan.  What we do know is that God called us to be faithful no matter what.

This road has been so long and so difficult. I have cried out to God so many times when I could not understand what he was doing in our lives.  So many people across the nation and even a couple across the world have prayed for my husband to be healed.   One man in particular was prompted by God to pray over Rich. The message he got from the LORD was that God was not finished with Rich yet.  God was not finished yet.  Just rest on that thought for a moment. God was not finished yet!

Recently it has become apparent that God is indeed giving Rich some measure of healing.  He is not healed, but he is being given some measure of healing.  He can now walk with a cane.  He sat in that wheelchair day after day and now it sits in the hallway holding a blanket and not my husband.  Rich’s mind is now clear as a bell, his voice is back.  Our daughter told me the other day that his voice was the hardest thing to accept when he got so sick.  She marvels at his voice coming back, clear and strong.  Did I mention that he is walking and only using a cane?

 Will God continue to give Rich his health back so he could someday go back to work? That is the big question.  We have no clue what God is up to but we do praise God for the measure he has already given him.  This new season is an exciting one. We have no idea if this season is temporary or permanent.  What we do know is that God has called us to be faithful no matter what.

Are you facing the biggest challenge of your life right now? Are you tempted to give up?  Let our story be an encouragement to you to never give up. God has a plan even when we can’t see it.  The seasons will change and all God wants to know is will you embrace each season He has for YOU?

Till next time.
In Christ Alone,

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up".


  1. Jill, that is amazing! God is so good, isn't He? Praising Him with you in Michigan over this beautiful change in season!

    Our lives are about to get pretty crazy...with adding 3 children at once we aren't sure how things will go, how to handle the stresses, etc. I fail more than I wish and I just pray that I can get through the next few months with a measure of grace!

  2. Wow, so glad to hear that he is doing better. So good. Thank God for right now.

  3. Amazing!!!! God does work miracles. So happy for all of you. Prayers are truly answered but in Gods time. Praise God!!