Well, today is moving day for Dave. He is packing up and loading his truck as I sit here and type. His new job starts tomorrow. I will get to see him probably every weekend this next semester, but we won't be living in the same city. We have suffered through a long distance relationship once, before we were married. I did not handle it very well. I am hoping this time things go a little better!
It is surprising how many things have been happening in our lives the last couple of months. Last Sunday in Bible class we talked about prayer and what we are really praying for when we utter simple prayers and the way God answers those prayers. We watched a clip from Evan Almighty where "God" is talking to Evan's wife. He says something about when you pray for courage does God just give you courage, or does he put you in situations to be courageous? That got me thinking about things I have been praying for lately, and wondering about how God is answering those prayers. I have always thought of prayer, and answers to prayer, in a fairly direct cause/effect relationship. I pray, God says yes or no. Sometimes we have to decide to stretch as Christians. We have to experience pain and hardship, disappointments and misunderstandings in order to reach the blessings that God has in store for us. The Prayer of Jabez discusses how we don't even know what blessings we need to be praying for, and God is so much greater than we can even imagine and has such greatness awaiting us. I have been praying for blessings in my life and my marriage. I don't always pray for specific things, because I know that God knows what I need better than I do. It is comforting to think that all the difficulties we are going through have been orchestrated by God in answer to my prayers, but that does not make them any easier to live through now. I guess it comes down to trusting that God has a plan for my life. "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 a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11