I have posted several times before about my dream for our family to go to Disney World. I had thought that I was very close to reaching that goal in January, when I found out what the tax refund would be and having spent many hours complying data, tips and pricing.
I was prayerful;
" Lord, if we are to use this money to do this let there be peace in my heart to move forward. If it is your will that this is not the time, please take away this desire and refocus my mind on what IS your will."
I had stopped collecting data. It just got too over-whelming.
Then my husband came home late. The car broke down. It was a clear sign that the paper route needed to be over. Control would need to be given up in this area for my Husband.
Then came the news about the house foreclosure.
We had been jumping through hoop after hoop, all communication had stopped on their end and it wasn't until a call from the sheriff told us of the sale. Panic set in for me.
Disney was not only off the table it was thrown into a dark corner to collect dusk until who knows when!
I began our search for a "new" place to live. I found a few things and wanted to go look at them. I needed a better idea of the space. I called for an appointment and was given a name. Sean. He called and said that day didn't work and that he'd call or email the next day to set something up. He didn't do either. I waited half the day, then I called again requesting someone else. A lady called me back she couldn't do it that day either. Time was running out, I only have the weekend to do these things since we have one vehicle. I called again and asked for yet another person, someone that could do it today.
Finally someone would meet us, in 15 minutes!
We met with Linda, and even though the space was not going to work for us, we felt the desire to share our situation with her. At which point she told us she had gone through this exact thing when her husband became sick and lost his job. She took us under her wing and just started telling us what the next steps were.
We met with a lawyer, Heather, that explained in great detail what was coming, what to expect and gave us some unexpected news as well. She went through foreclosure as well recently. She was now doing this work because she felt called to help others. I cried. I asked a million and one questions. I cried some more.
At the end of our meeting Heather looked at me and said "It's going to be alright. I want you guys to take some time and some money and do something fun for the family. You need to break the stress."
When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go thorugh rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.~ Isaiah 43:2
Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.~ Psalm 126:5-6
I believe that this was His planning and timing, I believe if we weren't going through this storm Disney never would have worked.
When I had lost all hope, I turned my thoughts once more to the Lord. ~ Jonah 2:7
The Lord is my strength, my sheild from every danger. I trust in him with all my heart.~ Psalm 28:7
SO be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure trials for awhile. These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure.~1 Peter 6-7
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trilas, for we know that they are good for us-they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation.~Romans 5:3-4
When my eyes set upon this, I will think of Heaven and the palace promised for those who put their faith in the Lord:
It will feel amazing being the guest at a table that we drempt of, seeing those we've longed to see; I can only IMAGINE being a guest of Jesus...
There is a princess I have always wanted to meet! And a certain "hero" of mine. I was 13 when I went to Disney and the only one I remember meeting was Goofy.
Move over Tina and Stamos!
The little 8 year old girl is bursting to come out of me and gaze on the Beauty whose true love wasn't skin deep! I also can't wait to meet my "mentor" Mary Poppins, since we are both child care givers and believe just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!
Disney is most definitely our sugar!