Totally Humbled

When you’re in the position my family is in, you can’t really plan for anything.

You want to hope that God, as He says in Jeremiah 29:11, knows the plans He has for you — plans for a future and a hope.

But you can’t see them, and you don’t know what they are.

So you speculate.

That’s what I was doing a couple of days ago on my 6:00 a.m. walk with Roadie, the world’s sweetest dog.

It occurred to me that it might not necessarily be His plan for us to be stalwart heroes of unwavering faith.

He might not expect us to stoically weather these storms with perfect calm in our souls.

He might not even want us to try to be perfectly whole or holy when it seems like our lives are being shattered into tiny fragments.

It might be that He just wants my family and me to be the humble recipients of extraordinary grace at the hands of an exceptionally generous group of friends, neighbors, colleagues, and church family.

And so we are.

If you could see all the cards and gift bags, the home-delivered meals and flowers; read all the messages and emails and CaringBridge notes, you would know – in the midst of these challenges – how very, very blessed we are.

We are completely overwhelmed by your willingness to be channels of God’s blessing for us.

If that’s His plan, we can see that you are part of it.

Thank you.

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5 thoughts on “Totally Humbled

  1. Love this, brother. Not that you & your family are having to face such difficulty, but that God’s family is stepping up to surround y’all in such a time. 2 Cor. 1:3-4 comes to mind. Praying that God continues to use His people to bring His comfort to you & yours.

  2. Standing with you and your familiy in prayer Keith.

    I have often grieved the loss of my former image of humility that seemed so neat and today. I never imagined that humility could feel like humiliation.

  3. I’ve been thinking about this post lately, & its title, “Totally Humbled.” You used it to describe your family a couple of months ago, and yet all I can think is, “But that’s how I feel…”

    It’s surprised me how much I’ve had going thru my mind the past several weeks, & feeling like I’m without a better option for expressing myself these days, last week I resorted to the old-fashioned way: some notebook paper and a pen. And whenever I’ve had some time this week, I’ve put pen to paper, literally just writing things that I remember that have stood out in my mind from the past several months.

    I finished that tonight, at least for now, having filled up nearly 5 sheets of paper, front and back. And I’ve come to the realization that I’m the one that’s been totally humbled, by having the opportunity to call you “friend” and to walk w/you along this journey, wherever it has led you.

    Thank you so much, brother, & God bless.

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