August 22, 2006

Moving Days

Three of our closest friends moved away today, Josh, Kim and little Laura Jane. All the way to Nashville. I find that the actual "moving" part of the move helps prepare for the imminent separation, but it also helps to delay it because you are so busy "moving" and checking off lists you forget that the actual leaving is about to occur. We have been blessed by their friendship this year in so many ways. We are excited for them as they begin a new adventure in their life (even though they don't yet know where it is taking them). Today, I have been comforted by the words of Jesus from John 14:1 , "Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God and believe in Me." I love the fact that this simple little three word sentence (believe in God or believe in Me) can be understood on so many levels. Obviously this means much more than simply believe in the facts about God, but, more to the point, believe in God. And I find that it is a little like a Mad-lib of sorts where we are called to fill in the blank at the end of the statement: "believe in me" ___________. "Believe in God" that... he desires you, that... he will take care of you, that... he has your best in mind, that... he has given you his peace. And more and more can be said. So we take this verse today as a comfort as we believe in God that he will take care of our friends and he will take care of us because he has already cared so much to take us and have us through the giving of his Son.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kimberly, I know more than I can say how you must be feeling my heart feels broken in three ways these days with you and Lucas in Mass. and Nic now back in Michigan and then knowing Matt is goig to be going in less then a year now and is gone twelve hours most day even now. I am thankful for each one of you and the strength in which you have to have to take you the distance and am thankful we can draw on the Lord to give us the inner strength that only He can provide in these times of change in our lifes. I love you very much, mom in Ne

Anonymous said...

Kim, I like your Mom's comments. You each were raised with a strong faith to go where God leads and that means going in different directions. Which means it's going to hurt. A lot. And then you get dear friends who help the hurt. But then they move on and there you are in more hurt again. My dear precious deeply spiritual Mom used all the hurts and pains as prayers for others. She said the more pain that got sent her way (and she had a lot) the more prayer power she had for others. The good thing is that Jesus promised if we come to Him He will team up with us and help carry the pain. He is faithful. Love and prayers for you and Lucas. Grandma and Grandpa

MOM IN MI said...

Lucas...well said. This was a hard picture to look at, because I know how precious all of them are to you and Kim. The Lord crossed your paths for many reasons and he will cross them again. Just think how exciting it will be next time you all get together. Better to have each other for awhile than never at all. Love you both and miss you everyday. Praying for new beginnings and new friends. You have so many wonderful friends. Mom

Calah said...

Kim-

This is Calah. I know it's been forever (or at least a few months) since you've heard from me. I'm going to send you an email and hopefully you still have the same address :)

Calah

Meredith said...

Lucas and Kim-
I wish it was you two moving to Nashville! Then you would almost be our neighbors! :)

Jschellhammer said...

Close to 10 minutes ago word came through: 6 lbs 10 ounces - Leo Charles Marquel!

KI said...

Meredith had a baby?!?!?!? WTF?!?!?!? How did I *not* even hear that she was pregnant? I'm indignant here, people, indignant...