Purple, Yellow and Blue - Aria MacDonald

Purple, Yellow and Blue

Purple- Aria’s new favourite colour.  It started when she picked out new purple shoes and then wanted new purple socks and a new purple vest.  Sensing the theme?  Yup everything is purple.  She is also starting to only want to wear purple clothes which is starting to make morning dressing interesting 🙂

Yellow- the colour of the beautiful spring blooms that Aria brought home on Sunday from a visit at Nana’s house to watch the Warriors.  Aren’t they nice?  She was very proud and excited to give them too me.  Very special.  The little card says ‘To Mummy from Aria’, with little pictures she had drawn


Blue-  the colour of our mood lately.  We are starting to struggle with the situation we find ourselves.  We live in this awful limbo, waiting for the word to say we can leave for Omaha.  There is also a long To Do list that we can’t start on until we have dates to leave.  There is stress about what to do with all our things.  Do we sell them or store them?  Storage costs are huge although we have had offers.  And we need to find tenants for our house which we can’t do without a move out date.

Aria isn’t really well either which I guess is the reason it is so hard.  She hasn’t bounced back from the Swine.  Afternoons are good but in general she isn’t walking much and her energy seems low.  She is also a pretty skinny at the moment.  Clinic next week thankfully although I am dreading it and looking forward to it in equal parts.

Basically it is a huge test of faith.  Do I really believe that sentence at the top of this website you are reading?  Do I really believe God has all plans in hand? 

Thanks to the wonder that is Facebook I have a dear friend in Texas who has brought huge encouragement to me.  Lori has had a very tough time when her son Caed lost much of his intestine suddenly just days after their 3rd baby was born!!  Caed is an amazing little boy and is Omaha’s Intestinal Rehab Rockstar!  God has done a huge work in him.   Lori is going to be in Omaha at the end of October so I really hoping we are there then!!!  

Anyway, if you click on the link you will read the most amazing prayer which impacted my soul deeply.     God…in my limited understanding I want to cry out “WHY?”…….why did it come about this way? It wasn’t supposed to be like this!  These are the words of Lori’s heart from God to God.  Lori- I hope you don’t mind me posting them!!  And I love this- Lord…..I ask for You to cover me with PEACE. Peace that passes all understanding (just as you did before). I KNOW You are asking me to trust…..to just stop…..to rest in YOU!’   Isn’t that awesome, I must of sat for about half an hour and cried and prayed this over and over and prayed that it might be true in my heart.

Gosh- I think this is turning into a long post.  Finally, I went to the beautiful funeral of a great saint of God’s kingdom, Jenny Thompson who prayed for Aria all the time.  We closed with the song ‘How Great is our God’  It is true, He is a great God who has done AMAZING things in our lives.  We hold on or rather He holds on to us right now.

5 Responses to “Purple, Yellow and Blue”

  1. LemoNZ says:

    It is our faith that gets us through times like this. I too feel frustrated at times when we have an idea of what it is to come just not knowing exactly when and therefore the feeling of helplessness to “plan” for these times. It is then I have to just relax and pray that God has it in His great plan whenever it may be. I also love Aria’s purple phase! She looks so cute in that photo. Hugs to you all!

  2. Jo says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts Anita. It’s awesome what and who God uses to draw us closer to Him when we are struggling. I pray that you would truly know that ‘peace which surpasses all understanding’ and comes from trusting in God alone. Aria is so beautiful and obviously has a great eye for a great colour (my favourite colour too)! 😉 xx

  3. Tiffany says:

    May God be with you during this difficult time, of not knowing what to do! Well, I know what Aria’s favorite color is, now. 😉 I would like to share a poem with you, that I found.

    “Wait” By: Russell Kelfer

    Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried;
    Quietly, patiently, lovingly, God replied.
    I pled and wept for a clue to my fate…
    And the Master so gently said, “Wait.”

    “Wait? You say wait?” My indignant reply.
    “Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
    Is Your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
    By faith I have asked and I’m claiming Your Word.

    “My future and all to which I relate
    Hangs in the balance, and You tell me to ‘Wait?’
    I’m needing a ‘yes,’ a go-ahead sign.
    Or even a ‘no,’ to which I’ll resign.

    “You promised, dear Lord, that if I believe,
    We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
    Lord, I’ve been asking, and this is my cry:
    I’m weary of asking! I need a reply.

    Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate
    As my Master replied again, “Wait.”
    So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut,
    And grumbled to God, “So, I’m waiting…for what?”

    He seemed then to kneel, and His eyes met with mine…
    And He tenderly said, “I could give you a sign.
    I could shake the heavens and darken the sun.
    I could raise the dead and cause mountains to run

    “I could give all you seek and pleased you would be.
    You’d have what you want, but you wouldn’t know Me.
    You’d not know the depth of My love for each saint.
    You’d not know the power that I give to the faint.

    “You’d not learn to see through clouds of despair.
    You’d not learn to trust just by knowing I’m there.
    “You’d not know the joy of resting in Me
    When darkness and silence are all that you can see.

    “You’d never experience the fullness of love
    When the peace of My spirit decends like a dove.
    You would know that I give , and save, for a start,
    But you’d not know the depth of the love of My heart.

    “The glow of My comfort late into the night,
    The faith that I give when you walk without sight.
    The depth that’s beyond getting just what you ask
    From an infinite God who makes what you have last.

    “You’d never know should your pain quickly flee
    What it means that ‘My grace is sufficient for thee.’
    Yes, your dearest dreams overnight would come true,
    But, oh, the loss, if I lost what I’m doing in you.

    “So, be silent my child, and in time you will see
    That the greatest gifts is to truly know Me.
    And though oft’ My answers seem terribly late,
    My most precious answer of all is still, “Wait.”

    I hope this poem helps you in some way. By the way, the little girl Marcie that I told you about is back in the hospital, with an infection.

  4. Katherine says:

    Hi Anita and Hamish

    I’m not a parent so I can’t say I know what you’re going through…but I appreciate that it must be so tough, especially at the moment being in such limbo. But I do know our God, who does know what your going through, so I’m praying for you. May God wrap his arms of comfort around you, and give you all strength, and particularly bring some health back to Aria.
    Love Katherine

  5. Lori Hollingsworth says:

    Now I am sitting here reading YOUR post…..with tears falling down my face. Thank you for your sweet words, but most of all…..(like I told you already), I am thankful for a God who works like this. He uses it all! Prayers from a distant “friend” you have never met. The sleepless nights. The countless tears shed over one of our children. The “unknowns.” The “whys?” and “what ifs.” I know you believe just as we do….that GOD is SOVEREIGN!! He is in control even when the situation seems to be spinning out of it. He is waiting for just the perfect moment to begin revealing His plan to you. He loves you! He loves this precious family in NZ! And He LOVES this beautiful little purple-obsessed girl of yours. He is using all of this. It will one day be another part of your testimony….how God proved Himself faithful in moving to OMA. I can’t wait to see it!!! Stay strong my friend. And know you are being lifted up all over the world!

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”- Jeremiah 29:11