Wait, we live on the EAST COAST?!
I have always strived to prioritize my life in this way: (1) God, (2) family, (3) ministry. Based on these priorities, my wife and I have longed to be closer to family. And for this reason, we began looking at the possibility of moving away from Coeur d’Alene and closer to family, which currently reside in New York and California (the two extremes!).
Once we began looking, God made it quite clear that He was moving us on. Doors opened, conversations happened, and the house sold. Fast. In fact, we had two offers on the table almost before the “For Sale” sign went up. So now I’m one week away from starting as the High School Pastor at Faith Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania, a short drive from Emily’s parents in Burlington Flats, New York.
This past month has been crazy. Like I said, the house sold faster than anyone (other than God) could have imagined. We also sold a car and appliances like they were the last on earth. At the end of this week, we’re going to move into a beautiful townhouse in a great neighborhood. And I doubted God every step of the way.
Apparently, I have a memory problem. I know God is faithful. He has always been faithful, and I trust that He will continue to be faithful. And yet, my anxiety and fearfulness of the unknown creeps in, probably thanks to the fact that I am human, and I worry about what’s going to happen.
ME: What if we can’t sell the house? We can’t afford a rent and a mortgage at the same time!
GOD: Don’t worry.
ME: What if we don’t break even with the house? We don’t have money to pay the bank!
GOD: Do not fear.
ME: Ok, the house sold. But what if the inspection doesn’t pass? This is an old house!
GOD: Be still and know that I am God.
ME: Ok, the inspection passed, but there’s still a lot that can go wrong! Ahhh!!!
GOD: I work all things together for your good according to My purpose.
ME: What if what You see as good doesn’t match up with what I see as good?
GOD: Trust Me.
Why do we do that? Why do we constantly forget that God is good and He works ALL things together for good according to His purpose. If I’ve learned anything from this adventure called following Jesus, I have learned this: God is faithful, and I mess up. God is perfect, and I have flaws. God is good, and I need to remember to rest in His grace.
This new adventure is exciting and scary. And I am so glad that I get to follow my Savior through it all!