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My Locust Years

I just realized that it has been 5 years since my last post on this blog. Where did the time go? What have I done for my Lord and Savior during that time?

My first reaction of this realization is shame. How can I call myself a writer when I have written very little during the past 5 years?

Then God reminded me of the following …

In September 2011, my mom had Guillian Barre, and I became her full-time caregiver. Over the next year and a half, she learned to walk again, but fell and broke a hip and fractured a vertebra in her back. In 2014, my mother-in-law’s house was destroyed by a tornado and we had a full-time guest in the early stages of dementia. Though she was eventually able to return home, our life was never the same again. Last August, while she was once again living with us, God blessed me and my husband by allowing us to care for her in her final days and to be with her as she peacefully entered God’s presence. Meanwhile, my mother shows symptoms of dementia. For now, she continues to live at her house, but my sister and I are often overwhelmed with the demands of meeting all her needs.

He whispered to my heart this morning, “While you may not have written much during this period, you were serving a much greater purpose. You have honored your mother and mother-in-law. That has been my call on your life.”

Then He reminded me of this passage in Joel 2:25-27:

“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—
    the great locust and the young locust,
    the other locusts and the locust swarm—
my great army that I sent among you.
 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,
    and you will praise the name of the Lord your God,
    who has worked wonders for you;
never again will my people be shamed.
Then you will know that I am in Israel,
    that I am the Lord your God,
    and that there is no other;
never again will my people be shamed.”

In one instant, the Lord my God took away my shame and humbled me with the knowledge that He is not finished with me yet. I believe 2017 is going to be a productive year as a writer, but should another disaster come my way, I will be obedient to His call on my life at that moment. And when my enemy appears in the form of a locust, I will quote this verse to him and send him on his way.

May God bless you and your family in 2017 with a productive year serving Him in whatever way He chooses to use you.

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