Thursday, October 13, 2011

The whole parade...

 Yesterday, it appears that God closed the final words, in the final chapter, in the book we've been living these past seventeen months.  Though our hearts are aching in a way we didn't expect, I found myself explaining God's view of our situation to the kids this morning, and this is what I told them. 

It's like all of life is a parade, and we're the spectators.  All we can see is that which is passing right in front of us... the floats, the dancers, the people throwing candy and waving flags.  And we can remember what's already passed too.  The clowns, and guys on tiny motorcycles.  We can't see what floats or decorated trucks are about to come around the corner...
But God... well it's like He's up in a helicopter overseeing the parade that He also organized.  He can see the beginning, all the way to the end where some lowly guy is shoveling horse droppings.  He organized the entire parade, and is keeping everyone on schedule.  He sees us clapping our hands while we sit on the sidelines and watch what He's put together.

We are starting over with nothing but the remains of a crumbled plan smearing our hands, and only an inkling that it's all going to change completely from here on out.  Possibly moving.  Starting over.  New town.  New friends.  New everything... We might be wrong... but it's kind of looking that way and we're sad.  

But... I'm so glad He is in control of this whole parade and knows what comes next.      


34 comments:

  1. I think that He rewards us when we full surrender. And it sounds like you are! What an example to your kids. :) I'll pray for peace!

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  2. This is SO beautifully written - the clearest word picture and the PERFECT way to explain His plan in a way they will understand completely. I am so sorry this process is starting in confusion and sadness....I know you *know* that because you are living His will that you will be blessed.....You & your family are in my prayers. xoxo

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  3. Having done this just 2 1/2 years ago, moving, starting over, new everything, I can tell you God is the same God where ever you go. He goes with you. I know it sounds so simple but I have found Him ever more faithful as our family made the leap to move from Maine to Washington. I can't believe as I type this that I can call Washington home, without a ounce of sadness...He changed my homesick heart and that is a miracle. Praying for your family!

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  4. Beautiful way to explain in little people terms.....and helps us big ones, too. I'm telling you I have moved 14 times in 16 years (a few of those within the same city) and it is painful, but then there are SO, SO, SO many new adventures and new friends that were awaiting us that we'd never have known if we didn't move. Praying for your peace and hopeful outlook!!! ; )

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  5. ALL things work together for GOOD to them that LOVE the Lord and are CALLED according to HIS PURPOSES!!!

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  6. do not despair sash. i know it looks like the plan is crap right now but it's not. the end is good! remember that. it IS...He promised!!!

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  7. He does my friend...Jer. 29:11!
    I'll be holding you and your precious family close in prayer!
    (LOVED your explanation to the children!)
    Blessings!
    Jill

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  8. I wish you were coming to my town, I would love to be your friend, and my kids would surround yours with love!

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  9. I love this analogy! I might just have to write this down...or just bookmark this post ;)

    Oh, and I am SO excited for the new Footloose movie! I, like you, am totally uncoordinated so I love to enjoy other people's talent...plus I love Julianne Hough! I'm hoping the styles will be better than the old one...Kevin Bacon=nasto! :)

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  10. Sasha,
    I have been quietly following your blog for several months (sounds so creepy when I write it that way!)...God has this way of leading us blindly, and it can be so uncomfortable sometimes. Thank you for being real about your feelings about life this year. Your choice to trust God is truly an inspiration (going from creepy to cheesy now, but true!)I love the analogy of the parade...rest assured that so many others are facing similar struggles. Blessings.

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  11. I know God's plan will be perfect in the end. If your plan leads to Orlando, I would be honored to be your friend and I'm pretty sure you will have that same opportunity where ever you end up. I'm praying you and your family will have peace with your changing situation.

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  12. What a wonderful way to explain life. Not just to little kids but to us big kids, too. It is comforting to know someone is in control and to Who that Someone is brings total trust and freedom. I know you and your family will weather this storm even stronger than before. Can't wait to hear the ride and blessings He has in store for you. I'll keep praying, Patty

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  13. he will never leave you or forsake you. hang in there! i'm loving on you from afar :) xo, a

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  14. He sees everything and we don't...we only see what's right in front of us. You're so right!

    He will be with you wherever he leads you....

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  15. I've learned in life never to question God's perfect plan. He sets the course and lets us take off. He knows how fast we will go, all the detours along the way and when we will arrive at our destination.

    You and your family have been such an inspiration to me to always keep God in the forefront of my life. I know he has only the best intentions for you and your family. Whatever it will be I wish you the best of luck. Always here for you Sasha.

    Jessica

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  16. I'll echo the sentiments of a few commenters...if you move to GA, (south of Atlanta, to be exact) I'd LOVE to be your friend! Our kids would get along great, I'm sure! And we could ride our golf carts to the store and everything! I can't relate to your angst, but I join in the others who are praying for you and with you. God will show you peace and some great adventures.

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  17. sending you and the family big hugs right now as we were in your shoes a year and a half ago.
    It's sad to leave friends and everything you know and call home...but God has a plan for you and your family. He has a plan for you all. We never see it at the beginning going through it, but looking back we can see He had it all planned out just as it needed to be.
    Trust in Him.
    (((Hugs)))
    Cheryl

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  18. ah, my prayers go with you. should you happen to move south you'll be closer to me:)i wish you many blessings in Christ's almighty plans.

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  20. Hi Lemonade Makin Mama,
    I have been reading your blog for a while now from the Land Down Under.
    As a devoted Christian my inspiration is also Jer 29-11. From personal experience I know when one door shuts He opens another.
    God knows the plan for our lives and although difficult through trauma we have to put our trust in Him.
    I remember hearing this quote from a lady who wrote Trophy of Grace

    Less of me Lord
    More of you Lord
    Help me make it through the day because on my own I can't be trusted.

    That is my motto especially when things are tough.
    I will be keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all. Julia

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  21. What a great way to explain things to your kidnicks. What a great mom you are...as long as you are all watching the parade together, it doesn't matter what side of the street you are sitting. Praying for you all, Sasha.

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  22. Awwww Sasha! Don't be sad. You have a wonderful outlook on life. God has beautiful things in store for you. You keep your beautiful chin up and JUST WAIT to see what is in store. Keep keeping the faith! I can't wait to watch it unfold!

    I'm praying that things unfold delightfully for you and your sweet family!!

    xoxo

    shelby
    sweetviewfromthehills.blogspot.com

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  23. This is my first time stopping at your blog but I had to comment - what you wrote is beautiful and a perfect reminder to life. Thank you for writing this - I pray God directs you where He wants you to be!

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  24. Sasha, as I read your post I thought of the song "Blessings" by Laura Story! Praying for peace for you and your family! And if you move to Iowa I would gladly be a honorary grandparent!!!

    Nancy

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  25. God is sooo good and soooo faithful! Our family recently went through something that looked and felt so awful in the natural, but what God did in the supernatural is beyond description. What He did was incredible, but it sure didn't look that way at the beginning. Psalm 37:3-7

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  26. Love the photos and the parade story, I never thought of life and God like that. I'd say come to Texas but it's hotter 'n you know what down here. We have been in our home 4 years and I'm ready to move again. It will be a great God adventure for you and your family. He knows what you need before you ask Him!

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  27. I know God is placing you where you are needed. May you find peace and serenity in the changes coming your way.

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  28. My heart aches for you and your family. This morning I was listening to my favorite new song when reading your blog and I think it is a great song for you now. It's by Heather Williams and the song is God is Still God. It talks about a lot of feelings you are having and that nothing lasts forever but God is still God.
    Sending you hugs and prayers and know that God has a plan!

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  29. I find it so interesting that the three bloggers I read every day are walking out almost the exact same path as the one I've been walking out. Moving. Starting over. Change. All of us for different reasons but oddly, all of us feeling the same emotions.

    It amazes me. I think we should have a party.

    Feel free to adopt our family motto: "We're gonna be okay..." which has been MORE than true. It's just another chance for God to show up. :) Prayers heading your way, Sasha!

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  30. Still praying for you--and will continue to do so:) He will make it all clear to you in His time: )

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  31. I agree with Tracey, this is Beautifully written! Will be praying for peace for you and your family.

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  32. I don't even know you, but I adore you. You will so quickly find new friends and settle into a new life with your family. We did this 3 1/2 years ago, and it ended up being a wonderful experience. My little family clung together, making us so an unstoppable force. It's just what I didn't know we needed. My heart does go out to you, though. I know it isn't easy.

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  33. I swear, this whole moving thing has my head spinning!

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