We live in Franklin TN, which is about 13 miles outside of Nashville. We moved here in July of 2009 and since we have been here our lives have fallen a bit short of rainbows and puppy dogs. We moved from Atlanta where we had it all figured out: two healthy babies, a loan for the business that we were going to start, a strong marriage and a God that had blessed us so tremendously that I was almost arrogant about His blessing all of our decisions. I mean sure I get it I needed Him and He was the reason we had gotten this far, blah blah, blah. But really I had somewhat pushed Him aside, I had more important things on my priority list like my husband, my children, and our new life. I probably should have taken into account that He was more than capable of reminding me who comes FIRST!!
Since our move in July we have been met with everything from inconveniences, frustrations, financial hardship, and tragedies to ice storms and historical flooding. In other words, the rain has not stopped, not even for a minute since July.
Needless to say there have been times that I have questioned whether or not the Lord has blessed this move. Never have I questioned His presence, but I have wondered at times if He is up there looking down at us and saying "Hello!? Does anyone have any questions for me!??"
Psalm 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
I will not be shaken, I will not be shaken, I will not....okay okay, you get it. Yes, I have been shaken a few times in the last 10 months. Does that mean I have less faith, nope! Does it mean that I don't really think that my God can handle things? Nope! All it means folks is that I am human and I got so caught up in my life that I forgot to live for Him, forgot to ask Him, forgot to SET HIM BEFORE ME. Rather than having Him at my right hand He was closer to say...my right butt cheek.
Just when we forget how much we need Him, He brings the rain and until we acknowledge that need, the rain does not cease. Then finally we realize something is missing and we look to our right hand and see that He is no longer where He wants to be or where we want Him to be. I have learned my lesson (for now) and I am sure that I will be reminded countless times in the years to come. Today, however, I intend to set Him before me, hold His hand, and enjoy the ride.