It was 2017 when I wrote today’s The Upper Room mediation about God using my limited skill to start a choir in our church. A lot has happened since then, including a global pandemic that shut everything down. One of the surprising gifts God gave us through the pandemic is an awareness that we don’t have to live close to be close. My husband was able to “go to work” from home. We learned to visit with our nearby children and grandchildren through video technology.
With retirement looming, the social distancing imposed by the pandemic opened up the possibility of relocating without losing connection. The idea of living someplace with less traffic grew more appealing. We love camping trips, in part because we can see the stars at night when we leave the city lights behind. After we spent a whole lot of time in prayer, God introduced us to a very small town in Wyoming. We’d never heard of this town a year ago, but led by God’s hand, we picked up and moved to Wyoming last October. Even though we thought we would live in metropolitan Oregon forever, here we are, at the start of a new adventure.
It is astonishing how God can use even this horrible, isolating pandemic to draw us to God and to each other. Our children are grown, married with children of their own, and scattered around the world. Because we can no longer be together in the same geographic area, our adult children are communicating with each other and with us much more frequently. We read to our grandchildren and even play card games with them through video technology.
My husband and I both grew up in small towns in rural areas. Moving to this small town felt like coming home. We are amazed that we get to live here, far away, and yet closer than ever to the people we love. God is so good!
Oh, that choir God led me to start? It is still exists, now with a more capable leader. Thanks be to God who provides everything we need. Especially the courage we need for new adventures.
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I could not have found The Upper Room Moments of Prayer (on Facebook Live) sooner. For it is during these moments of centering spiritual practices, meditating on the words of scripture, praying with and for the world, that I find moments of transcendence, hear whispers of peace and hope, see glimpses of truth and justice, behold visions of love and beauty amid all the stark realities that are around me.”