Friday we moved to Cleveland. Bryan drove for 9 hours and we checked into our extended-stay hotel indefinitely. We met with our phenomenal realtor Saturday morning and viewed some very promising rental properties. Our favorite will not be available until July 1st so that will mean two more weeks of hotel life (which isn’t all bad). We got groceries so that our little hotel room would feel a little more homey. Sunday we tried our first church in Cleveland and actually really liked it. Our schedules and changing locations haven’t allowed for much consistency in church going, so it was nice to use this day to refocus our minds and hearts.
During the service, they sang the beautiful hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness. I heard this many times growing up, but haven’t heard it in a long time. As I worried that morning about how I would combat loneliness when Bryan goes to work three weeks before me, or what I would do with a hyperactive dog in a hotel, or how we would choose where in this big city to live, or how quickly we would make deep friendships, these words were sung around me and I was swept away in His promises.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!
I was reminded of His faithfulness; we’ve been here before and he provided more than I could have imagined. I have strength for each day and hope for tomorrow because the Lord sees me and cares about me. He has provided so many times before that I have no doubt he will continue to provide. He is so faithful to me, even when I don’t follow him closely. Yesterday’s sermon reminded me that I am not seeking after simple answers to questions, but I’m seeking closeness with the Father. That is my new goal as I start life in a new city, to seek the Lord above yes or no answers. My focus must shift. Thank you Jesus for showing me that you have me in your hands and your mercies are new for me to experience each day, in each new situation, throughout all of life’s journeys.