Oh (Joan) give thanks to the Lord,
call upon His name;
make known His deeds among the peoples (of Chosen Families)….
I Chronicles 16:8
Tonight as I sit by the absolute last embers in the fireplace, watching my college girl scooch as close as possible to those fading embers to stay warm (in true “cinder”rella fashion), I’m reflecting (in a dazed sort of way) on all the things that happened this year – so many things I did not know were coming….
if it were not for God’s deeds on behalf of our family, we would be toast.
For instance, this time last year I did NOT know my husband (in a matter of weeks) would be in a full blown worst-in-twenty-years manic episode. There are some things I just do NOT need to know ahead of time. God decided that would be one of them.
BUT, I also did not know God would use that episode to help us change doctors and medications — something we had been needing for YEARS. God accomplished those Medical and Marital Deeds through the manic episode.
I did not know, simultaneously, I would have to move an aging relative into assisted living. I’m too sentimental to be good at those kind of decisions…much less during a long manic episode. But unknown to me, God would do many Moving and Logistical Deeds on my behalf, helping me dismantle and condense 84 years of life and belongings into a single room, in a city 16 hours from where I lived.
Don’t get me wrong – I still felt like God had double booked trials last winter (unnecessarily). But, as can be expected from Omniscience, He knew what was coming the REST of the year, and why that task had to be done THEN. (I thanked Him later). Not only that, but the “double booking” forced my blistered soul to live with elderly saints for 2 weeks, giving me fresh courage to endure the long manic siege.
On a different note, I did not know if my son, with learning disabilities, and ADD (and aversion to all medications) would graduate college last May. It would not have been the end of the world it he had not. But he DID! If you are reading this, you know God did 16 YEARS worth of Educational Deeds to make that happen.
Nor did I have the slightest clue this son would choose a bride this year. You would think, with the bipolar and then some disabilities around here, he would just go take a long walk off a short pier. But no. Because God is merciful, He answered our son’s prayers, and ours, leading him to a Jesus-loving life mate. Even though she lived half way around the world, one of God’s deeds was to make their paths cross!
I wish we had been the only ones with a manic episode this year, but we were not. One dear in-law suffered as well, disrupting their young family for months, as the long search for the right med blend depleted their resources. They were just getting some relief when they came for Thanksgiving….
SO…the sweetest moment of Thanksgiving for me was after dinner, when we were taking turns, naming God’s deeds on behalf of our family. It has been a HARD year because of hidden disabilities. But lo and behold, here we were, alive and well (all things considered)…I wept as I listed His deeds….
Thank you, dear Chosen Families readers, for letting me “make known His deeds” to you each week…for understanding what I mean, even when I am not skilled enough to explain….
Dearly Dependent on His Deeds,