Today is Sunday, July 14. My mom died on Sunday, July 14 in 1991. I did a little calendar investigating this morning and discovered that July 14 has only fallen on a Sunday two other times since the year of her death…1996 and 2002.
I’m not sure why I felt the need to know that fact this morning, but I did. I took a moment to think about how I would sum up what my life looked like back on those two Sundays in time.
1996: My life was a mess…an ugly mess. And, although I didn’t know it then, the choices I was making were going to lead from a bad situation to a whole lot worse situation. I was standing on the brink. There was still an opportunity for me to turn around and walk a different direction…had fear not been dictating my choices, But, I didn’t. I stubbornly kept moving forward.
2002: My life was a mess…a beautiful mess. I was facing and dealing with the repercussions of 10 years of running in the wrong direction. I had stopped and turned around. I was done letting fear tell me which way to move. I was free from a toxic relationship. I was free from a dependency on alcohol. And, although I didn’t know it then, God had a plan to use all those years running away to bring glory to Him.
2013: My life is beautiful. It’s not perfect…but I serve a God who is! SUNDAY, July 14. It’s hard to even fathom that 22 years ago today as I sat by mom’s side before she went home to be with the Lord that God knew the journey ahead for me. He knew the roads I would travel down to get to where I am now. He knew. He saw every wrong turn, every bad choice, and yet pursued and loved me through all of them.
I don’t know what season you are in right now. I don’t know if you are on the run today. I don’t know if you feel as if there is no way out. But, I do know that God has NOT given up on you. I do know that His grace covers all of it. Will you believe that today? Today, Sunday, July 14, 2013.