Today I find myself overwhelmed with feelings of thanksgiving.
Well that is the beautiful story I want to share with you now…
4 years, 6 weeks, and 4 days ago God called my family to make a decision…
We had lived in the city where we were for the past 16 years.
That is where I went to College, met my husband, and had our children.
We thought of ourselves as ‘home base’ for alot of our friends we met in College, who now had moved away either across the country or over seas.
We were comfortable…
But a skype conversation with family sparked a question…
They asked us ‘would you ever consider moving here where we are?’
I was stunned, the thought scared me and intrigued me all at once.
My husband and I didn’t really respond. After the call ended we looked at each other, our wheels turning inside our heads.
We talked about the possibility for a few moments… and then we both agreed to leave it in God’s hands, He would have to make a way for it to happen, there were so many variables, it would be up to HIM and HIM alone, if HE wanted us to go HE would make it known, and that is what my husband and I prayed…
*truthfully I never thought much would come of that prayer, if I am to be really honest…
We went about our lives…
24 hrs later a call came in from our family…
“Hey Guys you know how we asked if you would ever consider moving here?, Well I am a superintendent at my Father in Law’s building and we have an apartment for you! If you want it?”
My husband and I looked at each other in disbelief….
Okay, God what are you doing?
After further discussion we told her we would have to pray and think about it.
*and still at this point I was intrigued but thinking honestly it was not going to happen, the rent was too high and there was no way…
12 hrs later another call…
“Hey Guys I decided to have a talk about the rent with my Father in Law and he decided to lower it because after all you guys are family. So what do you think?”
I walked out of the room looked upward and said:
“Really God? Are you serious right now?”
We still had to think and pray about it we told her.
That first night my husband and I did not sleep at all. We held each other, talking, crying, praying. God was making it quite obvious it was time for us to move on from where we were, but it was our comfort zone.
How could we?
It was so scary to think about, but as my husband and I discussed it more and more we became a bit excited about the possibilities, not only for us but especially for our boys.
Each hour that past over that weekend my husband and I would look to God and say “you have to make a way about this or about that…” and each and every time God answered and found a way for each and every thing we had worries about.
God was asking us to jump into the unknown, to trust Him completely, and we were so terrified. We had so many ‘what ifs’ that we were concerned about.
He just kept saying to us:
‘Just jump, I’ll be right here to catch you…’
He had not abandoned us before, why would He now?
So by the end of the weekend we had an answer.
We called our family and told them ‘yes’.
We had 6 weeks to pack…each time I would get scared I just kept reminding myself that God had called us to do this, He had made a way, and He had a plan for our family.
Moving Day came, and there God was at the bottom of a ‘canyon’, arms stretched out to me, ‘Just jump, I’ll catch you…’
As we drove away and got on to the highway that would carry us hours away from everything we had known for so long, it was like I had taken a deep breath, and ‘jumped’ off that ‘canyon’ soaring downward to God, fully submitting to His will for my family.
4 years, 6 weeks, and 4 days later…
God is SO Good!
Right from the moment we got there He had doors open for us…
When we walked into the Church we had chose, it was like we had finally come home!
Instant connections with people…
Where others might say ‘magical’ moments, I say firmly the friendships we started to develop were God ordained appointments. We were finally being ‘reunited‘ with family, with Christian brothers and sisters! It was so refreshing.
I realized that we were just existing before, we had become stagnant, and now as a family we were finally starting to thrive.
God showed me that when He called us to make that decision He was giving us ‘growing pains’, not physically, but spiritually growing us. Deepening our faith, stretching us beyond our ‘comfort zone’. As believers He is never ‘done working on us’. He is always remolding us, remaking us, and always teaching us.
In the 18 years of having a relationship with the Father, these past 4 have been the most fruitful, not only for me but for my family as well.
All the new friendships, the God ordained appointments, were all in His plan to help shape us as well. Each new person an instrument in His hands working in our lives. And many of them making an impact on our lives and thus leaving their mark across our hearts forever.
Even after 4 years, each new day brings a new blessing, a new experience, and new growth.
God is Good!
*ask yourself something…is God asking you to ‘jump’?