In December of 2014, we were at a crossroads in our life, had been struggling for awhile (me especially, for a long while!) about where our life was going, feeling like God was getting ready to move us, even feeling like it was going to be something different, but not knowing what He had in mind. Things had been getting a little rough, and one morning Christian came to me and gave me these words
“But forget all that—
it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19
We pondered it, talked about it, prayed about it. And waited. Christmas came. Nothing new happened, but on New Years Day, Christian felt God was leading him to leave his job and the Church he was Associate Pastor at. Really? Scary? You bet. But “we” had a plan. I was working as a freelance artist for a company, and just prayed I would get enough work to make it a couple weeks so that he could take a week of just praying, studying, and waiting on God to give us an answer – in a week. (We humans are so silly in thinking God is going to work on our timeline!) At the end of the week when there was no clear answer, a little panic started to set in, and he decided maybe he should look around for some kind of job. Nope, God shut that down. But I got so much work, I almost couldn’t keep up with it, and our bills were paid for January. Now, let me just say, that during this time we were learning what the difference between “wants” and “needs” really is! We were getting our needs met, but our wants were a different story! Spiriturally, we hadn’t been so close to God in a long time. We turned the TV off, Christian music on, and prayed and studied all through the day. Our relationship became stronger than it had been in awhile. God worked in us in many amazing ways, encouraging us with scripture, just when we needed it the most, He would say, just wait and abide in me. If we tried to make a move, consider a job or a way to try to make extra money, He shut it down immediately.
February rolls around, there were no clear answers from God except be still and wait. So we waited, and I worked from home, and bills were paid, even extra for groceries, praise the Lord! I went into the office at the end of the month, to work for a few days and my boss came around. I tell about him and what he did for me a long time ago on my testimony page. (In July he had planted a tiny seed of possibly going to Uganda, and we had put that before the Lord and left it.) We chatted and I told him of our situation and he told me some things had changed in Uganda and they really needed someone to go, have we prayed about it? I told him we had, but we would earnestly seek the Lord some more on it.
March rolled around and we were asked to meet with my boss to talk about Uganda together. We did, it was encouraging, but could we even dare to think that was a possibility for us?! Then we met with the board for the non-profit group, and that was nerve-wracking and exciting! A week later, a REALLY long week later, we got a call, and were told we were going! I can’t even explain the excitement and the terror that simultaneously took over my body! Just pure amazement of the plan God has for us. Life is not on the downhill slide for me, a new life is just beginning. We serve an amazing God, and I really wanted to include this story because I want you to know how amazing He is. He knows the deepest, secret desires of our hearts, and when we fully abide in Him and have relationship with Him we will find joy. We will be able to say in all circumstances, it is well with my soul.
We have a couple months before we move, busy months of packing and taking care of loose ends, shots and many moments of just thanking and praising the Lord for this new chapter in our life.
Some of the scripture God gave us during these few months –
Ephesians 3:20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
John 15:7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
16:3 Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
Psalm 17, 18 and 36