Change is never easy. Most of us have at least some kind of problem with change. But me? I’m the kind of guy that likes things to stay the same, as much as possible. I eat the same breakfast pretty much every day, I eat at the same couple of places for lunch every day, I like routine and I like familiarity, and I’m a homebody. So let’s just say that when God started to show my wife and I that the times, they are a-changin’, well…it came as quite a shock.
Lord, You’re calling us to what?!! Leave our home? Our church family? My job? Our friends? Our family? Just up and go…somewhere?
You can understand how that would lend itself to a lot of sleepless nights, I’m sure. And it did. But over the course of the past year, through His Word, through prayer, through conversations, the Lord has revealed that He is, in fact, calling us out of our comfort zone and into the unknown. He has revealed it so clearly that for us not to follow through is most definitely disobedience. And as much as I like familiarity, I’ve been down the road of disobedience too many times to want to go there again.
My amazing wife has (finally, I might add) agreed to guest-post here at the Wading Pool about this journey. She and I will be sharing how God has brought us to this point, and we’ll keep you updated with the goings-on of the story as it continues to unfold. I’m so thankful to have Amanda by my side as we begin this next phase of our lives.
We were talking last night about how there is quite literally a blank slate before us! That’s a pretty incredible (and scary) thought! And while we don’t yet know where God is calling us physically, we know that the goal is the same: to know Him more, to be drawn closer to Jesus, to be made like Him. “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11:36)
Over the last year, the Word of God has come alive to us in such a powerful way. I liken it to drinking out of a fire hydrant…you just hold on and try to take it all in! Even as I write, it’s hard for me to express just how amazing this time has been for us as the Lord has drawn us closer to Him in the midst of it all. No matter where He leads us, the blessing of this time has been immeasurable.
A couple weeks ago, we took our kids to the State Fair (a yearly must for our crew). At one point, I found myself holding my son while we watched the girls, all 3 of them, ride the BIG swings. As the ride wound up, sped up, and raised up, I saw their faces go from exhilarated to terrified, then back and forth as the ride went on.
That’s a pretty good example of how I feel right now…exhilarated and terrified. But I know the One Who has called us…and I know He’s good. That old quote from C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” comes to mind: “Safe? Who said anything about safe? But he is good, and he’s the king.”
So here we go! We appreciate your prayers as we continue to seek God’s leading for us. The house is going up for sale next week, and from there…only the Lord knows!
And this guy, how is so averse to change…well, he’s kinda excited about it all!