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WHEN WE moved to Fredericksburg from Sterling three years ago, I never would have believed that I would come to love this town as much as I do.
I have grown to love the people, the history and the close-knit community that makes a big town feel small. I especially love our house. Set back in the woods behind Central Park, it is the perfect combination of country living and suburban life.
Like many people these days, we own our house in Northern Virginia and rent here in Fredericksburg. Our plan has been to stay where we are until we are able to sell our place up north, enabling us to buy a house in this city that has become home.
Well, you know what they say about the best-laid plans of mice and men.
My world was completely rocked this week when my landlord called to say that he is going to be putting our house on the market. I cried out to God in disbelief as I watched all my plans for what our future was going to hold crumble before my eyes.
In the days since, I have had to remind myself of some key promises and truths that can be found in the Bible. Jeremiah 29:11 says that God knows the plans He has for us, and those plans are for our good.
Even though I may have been surprised by my landlord's phone call, God wasn't. I once heard someone compare the events in our life to the threads of a tapestry where God is the weaver.
While in progress, the picture is obscure, with loose ends and unfinished strands hanging in disarray. It is only when the tapestry is finished that we can see how those individual threads are woven together to form a beautiful masterpiece.
Just as Joshua set up stones in the Jordan River to remind the people of Israel of all that God had done for them, Christians can look to how God has cared for us in the past when we face an uncertain future.
When I look back over the past few years, I am reminded that I originally did not want to come to Fredericksburg. That I fought the move for several years before giving in to relocating here in order to lessen my husband's commute.
Then, like now, I questioned God over His plans for our future because they did not line up with mine. It is in hindsight, though, that I can see the move was one of the best decisions we could have made.
And so, as difficult as it is, I chose to trust God's plan for my future based on what I read in Scripture and my experience of His goodness in the past.
And if you happen to know of someone looking to lease a nice secluded piece of property set in the woods, will you let me know?
Heather Ablondi is a women's ministry speaker and author who resides in Fredericksburg. Contact her at heatherablondi.com.