In early August we sent Lydia and Elizabeth back to Chicago. Mike and Matthew returned 2 weeks earlier from their visit to Romania. For the first time in more than 25 years, we found ourselves alone. Empty nesters!? I cried on and off the next day as I realized that stage in my life, with my kids close around me had come to an end. But to my surprise I realized that the Lord has given Mike and me this special gift of time to rebuild and strengthen our marriage that has been worn down through our commitments to our kids, work and serving at church. We thank the Lord for his faithfulness in providing for all our needs, even those we don’t realize we have.
At midnight last night, my cell phone rang. Matthew had tried to call me, but he didn’t answer as I tried to call him back. Of course, I began to worry as I tried to contact both Lydia and Mike to no avail. About twenty minutes later, Mike texted me that the garage burnt down and that I should call Matthew. Though it seemed like an eternity, it was only one minute later I received the next text from Mike, “Matthew is ok dog ok truck ok house ok gate ok. Driving home.” Matthew was almost finished welding a piece to the floor inside his 1986 Honda Civic CRX when he heard a fire underneath the car. Fortunately he got out of the garage, but unfortunately, the car he had been restoring for the past 2 years is gone along with the garage and all the other things inside it. We are thankful that Matthew is unharmed, but sad that his car, the garage and all that was in it is gone. It was one week ago Mike shared his favorite verse with our kids from Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good for those who are called according to his purpose.” Little did we know that one week later the Lord would test our faith in His promise. Pray for the Lord’s hand in the cleanup and rebuilding process.