A few years ago I received a phone call from Oklahoma from a group that decided to start a maternity home where there are very few homes. It was started out of a church and they had just hired Jeff, as their new Director. Jeff and I immediately matched hearts toward the project.
Jeff, his board and many volunteers started the hard work of planning the program, designing the house, raising the funds and learning how to make it all work. I so enjoyed their willingness to do things in the best way possible, as well as their excitement to make a difference in the lives of the women they would serve and the children who would be born.
We worked from a distance, with me helping with some ideas about how the home should be laid out, as well as the program, and the hiring of staff. The home was due to be finished this past spring and I was scheduled to fly out and spend a week with them as they prepared to open.
I was due to fly out on a Monday in April and on Saturday night a tornado came through and totally destroyed the brand new home. Thank goodness the people in the home, who were gathered to put on the final touches, were able to get onto the safe house inside the home (a cement room in the basement), and no one was hurt, but the home would have to be rebuilt.
Have you ever been in a place where you were very excited and have put a lot of work into something only to have the relationship fall apart or the plan fail? It can be so disappointing that you want to give up.
This is truly the time we cry out to God for courage, hope, provision, love and support.
Years ago when Jimmy and I were houseparents, one of the young women who was there with us over Thanksgiving set fire to the home. Standing outside the home that night as the flames were whipping out the window, I thought we were not going to survive this and our dream was over.
But I was very blessed and surprised how God provided everything we needed and when we moved back in it was so much better than it had been.
When we are hit with a big disappointment it is vital to remember nothing is too hard for God.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me besides the quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me…. Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. “
Psalm 23: 1-4; 6
May we all when heartbreak and disappointment come know that God is with us and he will restore and bring new life.
I am delighted to tell you that I have just recently returned from Oklahoma and they are in the process of rebuilding. They have temporary housing and so the staff is trained, the program is set in place and the doors will soon be opened. Praise the Lord!