Well, it’s come to this. My family and I are about to take the journey of trust that so many have taken before us.
In November we will be moving from the only home our children have ever known and going to a place we have never been (except for a breif 3 day visit) nor thought we would ever go to.
Its a challenge of trust in our God to believe that He really is the one who holds our lives in His hands and that we can trust Him to care for us through it. With this challenge comes the possibility for new beginnings and a chance to trust God to be our provider in a way He has never been before.
That’s not to say that He’s not provided for us but that this step in faith opens up the door for Him to show us a new level of provision and trust. And with expanded faith comes expanded territory.
Plotting The Course
In May of 2015 Carmel and I felt in our hearts that something new was coming our way. It was one of those moments when we just knew that something had shifted and we were going to experience change.
At the time I was personally feeling a strong sense that my time as a children’s pastor had ended. Not that I didn’t want to have the privilege of ministering to kids, but that there was a reorganizing of my life goals and priorities. Family ministry began to rise up inside my heart in a new and real way.
What I mean by family ministry, briefly, is that I wanted to be a part of creating an intentional plan in the church to make strong families and healthy homes.
With that I started to peruse some conversations with key people within the church I was serving in. What I didn’t know was that God was actually preparing Carmel and I for something completely expected that would challenge us to know that we’d heard Him clearly.
It’s probably important at this moment to point out that we were in no way searching for something else. There was no desire for a “better position” or to “move up” in my job title. Carmel and I simply knew that God was up to something and we were just eager to know what that thing was.
The words in Isaiah 43:19 were words that reflected what was happening in our spirits. 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.
The Path Becomes Clear
In July God really started to point us in a direction that was away from Mount Hope Church (I had been at Mount Hope for 12 years and 17 years for Carmel). Through a series of confirmations it became crystal clear to us that God was sending us to Colorado Springs, Colorado. I jokingly tell people that Gideon has nothing on us. He put out a fleece, we through out a whole sheep. We just needed to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that this was God’s direction for our family.
We have never had such a mixture of emotions. We felt excitement that God would choose us and trust us to make a move that would dramatically change our lives. We also felt extremely sad to know that we would be leaving friends that had become family, a church that had been our lives for so many years and a pastor who we loved dearly.
In His wisdom, God reminded me that He called Abraham away from what he was familiar to go on a Journey of Trust. Genesis 12:1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.
This move wasn’t practical. It wasn’t convenient. And it certainly wasn’t without heartache. But if Abraham was willing to trust God it would be a move that would bring blessings to him and generations to come. It was a move that required faith and trust.
We trust God, and we don’t want to be in any place other than the center of His will. There have already been so many lessons that we have learned through this process of trust (I plan to share a few of those lesson in future post) and we know there will be so many great things that we will learn individually and as a family.
Currently, a lessons I see we are getting the opportunity to learn is how to hold on to Jesus more as a family through this transition. There are so many emotions that each of us are going through during this time and it has been powerful to see how God has shown us how to seek His face not only individually but as a family.
One of our greatest hopes is that through this our family is made stronger and that this helps our children become the man and women that He intends them to be.
The Journey Begins
So now we go. Knowing that when one steps out in faith, an adventure is sure to follow. We will soon be in Colorado Springs and beginning this new chapter of our lives. For now, we don’t have all the answers.
The next steps aren’t crystal clear.
Without Him, the future could seem overwhelming.
But we choose to follow Gods plan for our lives and because of that we will travel on this journey of trust.