As many of our faithful readers know, my family has embarked on a great adventure. A big move from Urban to Rural. From West Coast to East Coast! We put all our eggs in one beautiful basket: a 19 acre farm in rural Maine! (See pictures of it here. And read the store of it here.)
We have been immersing ourselves in all things farming. All winter we watched videos and documentaries about farming and animal husbandry. We’ve read everything our library has to offer and purchased all the Joel Salatin library. We’ve been having family meetings and planning our gardens, designing the remodels of our home. We were planning to leave Los Angeles by the end of March, getting the Maine before the ground had fully thawed so that we could hit the ground running with our plans.
The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps. Proverbs 16:9
About a week before the big move, we got a call that no one wants to get. My husband’s mother, who lives in Mongolia, was diagnosed with advanced stage stomach cancer. The prognosis was grim. The doctors said it had spread to her liver and possibly pancreas, as well as her left breast. The doctor told family members that he thought she had three months to live. That was a moment of intense emotions and a lot of God’s grace.
My husband immediately bought plane tickets. One for him, one for his mom. He went to Mongolia and got her. She is now living with us, as we sort through translations of Mongolian medical reports, consultations with oncologists and naturopaths. We have her on a strict and cancer specific diet. We are already seeing answers to our prayers, as her strength in gaining every day and her body is responding to the message of hope and acts of mercy.
We are believing, praying, hoping, loving, healing….
So, our plans for the big adventure are on hold, as we take God’s big adventure of walking by faith and not by sight. Of being a channel of His mercy to my mother-in-law.
We are learning that there is grace in suffering, mercy in trials, wisdom in delay. We are learning to embrace a timetable not of our own making and to trust that there is a Divine plan that we may not be able to see with earthly eyes. We know first hand that God is good.
St. Theresa’s Prayer
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing,
Dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.