Bidding My Homeland
A Fond Adieu
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows and proclaims His handiwork.”
~ Psalm 19:1
My husband and I will be leaving my homeland in Ohio in a few days. We should be back to our southern abode if “God is willing and the creeks don't rise”.
Being back in home country reminds me of how important our families were in our lives. Whether it is family roots or the spiritual roots provided to us in the first paragraph, it is important to remember them.
For instance, both our grandmothers used to say the above quote. Many people sometimes forget how important sayings like the one above are to remind us of God's continual presence. This is just one of a number of phrases that we have heard since we have been here. Unfortunately, we do not hear these sayings much anymore even from our own children.
It is common in this area for people to say when they rise in the morning, “This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24). This saying is to reaffirm that the beautiful morning and day comes from God.
Believe me, there is nothing more beautiful than Fall mornings in the midwest as the air is crisp, and invigorating and the leaves are brilliant colors of red, yellow and orange. There is evidence everywhere of the reaping of God's bounty such as the corn that is being harvested in the fields; the soybeans have turned and are ready to be picked; and the apples are plentiful. These are all reminders of God's handiwork. In Psalm 19:1-6, David meditates on God's handiwork. As you look around you can thank our God for such magnificent beauty that He created.
So as we look forward to heading back home, we are confident we will get there safely, if it is God's plan. If challenges meet us along the way, He will provide a way for us to meet them.
We encountered a challenge driving to Ohio and God did provide for us. Every morning when we are on the road, my husband has safety checks for the truck and the RV. For example, he checks the oil in the truck, checks the air in the tires in both the truck and the RV, makes sure the hitch is secure with the chains attached, and the brake lights on both the truck and RV are working. However, the last morning out on the road, his eyes just happened to notice a bad chunk out of one of the RV tires. A new tire was a must!
My husband I are confident in the fact that the Lord opened his eyes to the bad spot on the tire that morning before we got out on the highway. After a couple of stops to find a tire store that had a RV tire, and after a hour delay to have the new one installed, we were back on the road. Even though a challenge presented itself, God opened a way for us to handle the situation.
God does provide a way, when at the time, there seems to be no way. Please be assured that, “this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
Lord God thank You for supplying our needs. Help us to recognize that You have created all things in heaven and on this earth. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington