Sunday, April 29, 2007

Refiner's Fire or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Just Be

Hmmm I guess you have to be careful what you post... I said our life was "sweetly boring" in my last post, almost a year ago. And it was. But on October 29, 2006, our house caught fire. We came home from church to find the fire department in our front yard. We lost everything. It was devastating. Thankfully, all of us were fine, no one was hurt. But we lost our 3 kitties, one whom I had had since before my children were born. The ache was palatable. It still is. But now, almost 5 months since in happened, I am ready to talk about it, finally. I have been able to process some things and it has helped. We have all struggled with the loss, but things are being put back together again: hearts are healing, hands are working, our house is being rebuilt, with some improvements.

Eventually, I will tell the whole story, but I am also waiting a bit to make sure everything goes alright with our insurance and such. You can't be too careful on the internet! Things are getting relatively back to normal (or at least, as normal as they can be at this point...normal has changed completely).

I can tell you this: God is in control. And life isn't always great, but God is always good. I have learned so much in these last few months about what is important and what is just window dressing. The most wonderful result for me in all of this is that I am no longer attached to stuff. It just doesn't matter...it is just stuff. In the coming weeks, I will touch on this further. I am anxious to share my story and what I have been through, for God's glory. Yeah, I know how that sounds, I am one of those, but trust me...it isn't like that. And it isn't about me in any case. It is all about Him.

T, who understands brokenness in a way I never did before

3 sent chocolate:

Lady Jane said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about your house and especially your cats! Such a sad thing. My dog died of cancer last June and I am still not over it. :) You and your family are in my prayers.

God works in mysterious ways and He always has a lesson for us. Isn't He wonderful?

Angel said...

(((((T))))))) I am *so* very sorry about your house and your cats :(

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know how strong you are, your faith will get you through this.

M, J, B, G...and Sam. said...

Man, it's been a loooooooong time since I've checked in on you. So so so sorry about your home and your little loved ones. I hope you will post again...???

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