Saturday, June 7, 2008

Wisdom from Kung Fu Panda

I promised Delaney I would take her to see the new Dreamworks movie Kung Fu Panda today. By the time Dan got home from work I had been up since 5:30am, and I felt like I had been moving in fast forward all day long. All week I have been in this mode, keeping up with the baby and the house and my work and also having Delaney home from school and trying to keep her busy and find time to really BE with her. Oh, and on top of all that trying to make all the calls about homes and follow up and set appointments, etc. Exhausted doesn't even begin to describe how I was feeling by 4pm. We set out for the theater, and although I usually love going to see the new children's movies with Delaney, I just wanted to sink in the chair and REST. I certainly wasn't expecting any great wisdom to come to me during a cartoon, but as I watched I heard the line over and over, "There are no accidents."

I needed the reminder today from a silly movie that this new trial for our family is not a random act of fate. It is part of a bigger plan we just cannot see today. I have been reading stories from the Old Testament lately. So many of them are about faith. I am guilty of thinking even when I know the ending, "Ok, God, that's just going too far." When I read of God asking Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, his only son, and then providing the offering at the very last moment. When I contemplate Job losing everything. When I consider the Israelites wandering for 40 years. It all seems a little extreme, doesn't it? So, in my little world, I think taking my home away after everything we have been through is just too much. Really, what purpose could this serve? It's not an accident.

I am loved by a Heavenly Father who truly knows the hairs on my head. He has numbered my days, and in His book they are already written. He clothes the lilies of the field and feeds the birds of the air, and He promises to meet my every need. (Matthew 10:30, Psalm 139:16, Matthew 6:26,28)

Thank you for the rest I find tonight in knowing nothing takes You by surprise. Comfort my heart in the truths of Your deep love for me and Your sovereign control over every detail of my life.

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