Friday, November 08, 2013

Pitching our tents

"It's part of your birthday celebration; what would you like to do?"

My family had just thrown a surprise 65th birthday party for me, the day before, and now we were in St. Catherines visiting friends we had known since before we were married.

Their church held no service Sunday morning, and we were going to hear the Chapelaires in the evening.  I thought of going to a small church somewhere but they couldn't think of any.

Early that Sunday morning I thought of what I really wanted to do.  Bruce and I had met in St. Catharines and had spent a number of years there, moving several times while raising our family.  Wouldn't it be wonderful to visit all the places we had lived and do some reminiscing.

I got up early as usual and sat down with my Bible to read.  It opened to Numbers 9.  Verses 17 and 18 were underlined.  "And when the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle then after that the children of Israel journeyed: and in the place where the cloud abode, there the children of Israel pitched their tents. At the commandment of the Lord the children of Israel journeyed, and at the commandment of the Lord they pitched.  As long as the cloud abode upon the tabernacle they rested in their tents."

I thought, "wow! It's true with us too.  The Lord was directing each step we took."

As we traveled around town that day, that thought was the theme.  As we took pictures in front of each house we owned and the apartments we rented, we talked about how the Lord had led.

I'm excited to have the memories and the pictures, but even more blessed to know that even that day was part of God's plan for our lives, and I want to thank Him.

For the next post see: Update on Bruce's condition 
For the previous post see: Training my eyes