Ok, so it’s been about 6 months since my last blog post and again so much has happened. In my last post I wrote about the unknown, knowing God had called my family and me somewhere and to do something, praying and trusting, but the stars didn’t quite seem to align the way I thought they should have. God seemed silent and distant. Yet in all of that, I maintained hope that at some point God would move and show us where He wanted us to go.
For my part, I knew a portion. God had opened the door for me to serve as Director of Pastoral Care at a wonderful Catholic parish in the Baltimore area. However, doors seemed to close one after the other in regards to moving. My ideal was to live close to the church, and many places wouldn’t accept pets. I ended up commuting 2 1/2 hours each way to work, and was blessed that the church allowed flexibility to work some days from home.
This continued for a good 4 months until the Lord FINALLY opened up a door for us. We were able to find a place to live that met our needs specially and budgetarily. We moved in mid-January, still not sure how this was an answer to our prayers. It still is an hour from where I work, and all we had was hope that our prayers would be answered to find a good “family church” and that our kids would thrive in their new schools.
I am happy to say that God is faithful and has answered our prayers abundantly! Why would I have ever thought that He wouldn’t? The first church we tried is where we have stuck, and the kids love the small groups they are involved in there. They are thriving in their new school, and all the faculty have been so warm and welcoming to them. As a parent, I couldn’t be more grateful. Our dog has also been more calm since the move and hasn’t had as many behavioral issues (HUGE answer to prayer).
I know that there will be many more times in life where I will face challenges and feel God more absent than present. I know there will be more times of doubt and not trusting Him like I want to. But I am thankful that God remains patient with me in my doubt and impatience, and I am thankful that He has reminded me yet again that He is faithful and is my source of hope.