What A Difference 3 Months Make!

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Happy Tuesday!  Hasn’t it been fun having Meg back?!  I love that girl!!

This week, I’m back in Virginia Beach for work.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever explained my work situation, but I work full time for an organization in Norfolk, VA but balance my time between working from home in Charlottesville and working from the office.  Needless to say, I’m on 64 a lot!  But I love my job and I’m grateful for a flexible boss willing to work around my situation.

Anyways, after leaving Virginia for nearly three months and then coming back to Charlottesville and Virginia Beach, two places near and dear to my heart, it’s amazing all the changes that have occurred: new restaurants open; new buildings completely erected; homes that were for sale that have now been purchased and remodeled; a bridge construction by our house that has taken over a year and is FINALLY in its final stages; a coworker I left with a small baby bump, but have returned to a nine-month baby bump ready for delivery; and I even think my parents’ dog looks completely different, though they assure me she’s always looked this way (I must have gotten used to buck-naked dogs after Neely’s grooming debacle)

When you’re right in the middle of life, you don’t seem to notice all the change that occurs right in front of you, but when you step away and return a few months later, you notice all kinds of transformations.

It’s kind of like kids–every time I see my nieces, I can’t believe how much bigger they are, how much more they’re talking, and just how much they’ve grown up since the last time I saw them, but my sister doesn’t notice the drastic changes as much, because she watches the day-to-day process and sees one little thing build off of another. 

Similarly with God, often times we may feel stuck or in need of a change, but day-to-day, can’t really see what or where God is moving, or we feel stagnant, like nothing is changing. 

While, it might not be the instant, drastic transformation that we’re hoping and praying for, sometimes it’s more of a day-to-day process.  One that we might not notice as much in the midst of it, but when we step back three, six, even nine months later, we  can see that little-by-little God was at work–shaping, refining, transforming.  Similar to a house that is built brick-by-brick–a lot of times, it’s a process.  But in the midst of the process, even if you feel like nothing is changing, take heart that God is there and He is ALWAYS at work!

See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.  
Isaiah 43:19
We are the clay, you are the potter;
    we are all the work of your hand. 
Isaiah 64:8