It was a rainy day that my girls and I set out on foot to walk to Foxes Lobster House
in hopes of getting some food.
What else do you do when you are at the beach
and it’s raining hard outside?
What else do you do when you have no car and walk everywhere?
So we trudged through the rain that day until we came to the restaurant
placed our order. No line or crowd this day.
Waited until they handed us a big bag filled with fried clams, chicken tenders and fries.
How about some ice cream? someone asked.
I brushed my wet hair back from my face
looked around at the thick grey sky and softly falling rain
and decided ‘why not’.
So we walked further up the side street, discovered that Browns was open too
and ordered three cones.
By now that rain had eased to a slight drizzle but we were soaked.
But it had been years since we were here in Maine
Years since we had had an ice cream cone from Browns.
So it was worth it all. To us.
As we walked back that afternoon
licking the fast melting cones
shoes squishing with rain
I noticed a house with grey siding
one of those big ocean view ones
to my left.
Over the door was a sign that I will never forget.
Someone had once had a dream
to live right there beside the Atlantic Ocean where the waves crash over the big rocks
Joy. Excitement. Celebration.
What hope rings in those words.
My heart wanders back to the things I yearned for when I was young.
Children. My own little family. To be able to touch the lives of others.
Someday Happened for me too.
What about you?
And then my heart looks ahead to the things I still yearn for,
pray about, seek God’s will on.
Like my Father whispering through the fog and the rain that day
He breathed hope to my heart.
be faithful in saving
don’t ever give up.
So often we have not because we give up.
Since we have no vision we are easily distracted by other things
that are frequently good
and in so doing we eventually let go of our original vision.
The key I believe
is what is God’s Purpose and Plan for our life.
What has He equipped us to do?
What has He whispered to you in the middle of the night?
He is the God Who still loves that word Impossible.
Don’t let go of your dreams.
Yes, it might take a long time.
It might takes seasons and seasons of scrimping and saving
but don’t give up.
Yes, I have a few of my own longings that await those words
being hung over them.
So I will keep working,
revising the plan, tweaking my focus
and trust in Him with all my tomorrows.
In His Time
In His Time
He makes all things beautiful in His Time.
Words I softly sung as I waited to bring my daughters home from Russia
Words I keep singing today.
Keep on believing.
Waiting doesn’t mean never. It just means not now.
Be encouraged today
and prepare to hang that sign.