Spring is known for being a time of growth, new birth, and life. It’s a time of change.
Even though we’ve seen early signs of spring this year, it’s not “really” here until March 20th. I’ve always been a fan of spring cleaning and had a sense that you should do something different. This year we’ve had the most opportunity for change in our family’s history thus far.
At the end of this month my husband, our daughter, and I (expecting a baby boy) will move into a farmhouse built in 1875. We have been living in a small two-bedroom, one-bath duplex for a little over 3 years. Zach (my husband) and I are pretty keen on the idea of adventure and are frequently are looking to move, whether it be abroad or locally. God has kept us where we have been for many reasons and we’re thankful to have lived and loved on Opelika as we had the opportunity to do. This farmhouse in Waverly is a chance to love and learn about another community that we have only visited. With another bedroom and bathroom we will have the ability to invite more people into our home. Hospitality is something he and I want to become better at.
This home was where our friends lived. Friends that we met in Earthfare one night and who poured hope into our lives when we needed it. They are being called elsewhere and personally recommended us to their landlords as replacement tenants. It turns out that I knew the landlords, and this seemed too good to be true. We have felt carried and directed through this time of decision by the Holy Spirit and supported by prayers.
Just around the time that we heard about the idea of living in this home, we also sold my car and purchased another. Again, this was something we’ve always dreamed about happening only in His timing and guidance. The seller of my dream car, a preloved Subaru Outback, is a man of the gospel and decided he wanted us to have it. He was willing to wait until I sold my car in order to be able to purchase his. This took 15 days and he had other offers he could have taken earlier. When does that happen?! Only God can take the credit.
Not all seasons have been or will be like this. We have looked at moving many times before and nothing was as full of peace as this opportunity. I’ve struggled and continue to struggle with impatience. Once I think I see a way to fix something I work at it with all my might; but He doesn’t want me to use all my might. All my might isn’t even enough. He knows what’s best and holds the future. My trust and surrender is what He wants.
I have a necklace with this quote to remind me of the eternal change that is to come, when Jesus returns and the “winter” we are in now melts away to spring.
“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe