Gathering Together

Trusting Through The Landslides


            The snow-covered hills often seen in winter are a welcoming site. However, the black mold penetrating the walls of our home brought a landslide of hardships. Our house was gutted and anxiety engulfed me as the cost to replace everything skyrocketed. Living in an apartment for ten months with three active boys was no easy task either. Others, who attended our prayer group, suffered through the same ordeal. There were concerns shared about how insurance companies were no longer paying for rebuilds, which compounded my fears. We prayed, shared scripture, and laughter through these troubled times, but then a series of unfortunate events unfolded.


            Our middle son suffered through an adverse reaction to an antibiotic, but recovered with no lasting health issues. Following that, our youngest child was bitten in the face by the family dog and underwent emergency surgery. Then our other son, while rollerblading, broke his elbow, and had to undergo emergency surgery as well. A landslide of hardships hit our family all at once. I managed to keep my sense of humor by telling everyone we were now on a first name basis with the medical staff at the ER. To be honest though, I felt all my prayers were hitting the ceiling and that God must be ignoring me. What was going on?  When the day came for the insurance adjuster to determine the payout for our rebuild, I dreaded what he may or may not do for us. To my amazement, we received a substantial amount.


            Finally, the day came for us to move back home. The entire house was like new and I had the kitchen of my dreams, but the winds of change blew again. My husband's job transferred

him, and I prepared to move our family to a new state. Just days after listing our house with a local realtor, the invasion on Iraq threatened nuclear war on America. The market stopped cold as the world held its breath. My realtor assured me that things would pick up soon, but day after day passed with no potential buyers in sight. To make matters worse, the corporate buy-out was denied because of the previous mold infestation.


            Again, our church group prayed with us and we waited—what seemed like an eternity—for God to answer. Two weeks before the movers were scheduled to arrive, we got an offer for our asking price along with a renewed corporate buy-out for more than the asking price. A landslide of blessings followed a landslide of hardships. I learned to trust in God, and that nothing was too big for Him to handle. Waiting for His answer was the hardest part of all. Praying with other believers helped me to get through one of the most difficult times in my life.


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not upon your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)


Prayer:  Dear Lord, Thank you for the comfort in knowing You are always there for me through the good times and the bad. Help me to trust and believe that your timing is always perfect.


by Londa Hayden