The title of our blog is Wherever He Leads We'll Go. Right before we moved to Kentucky, 6 years ago, we kept saying "wherever God leads" when people would ask us what we would do/where we would go once Mike finished seminary. The funny thing is, we always assumed we would be going somewhere.
We thought we would be heading to the mission field after seminary. God had other plans for us.
We thought Mike would find a job and we would move for that reason. God had other plans for us.
Over the past few months, we started looking for a place to live in the next county to give Emily better school options. God had other plans for us.
We feel like we have tried everything we could possibly try to move out of this apartment - whether that means moving to the next county, the next state or clear across the country. We have TRIED.
And after all this trying, we are left with one fact that cannot be denied. God has other plans for us.
In God's Word, there are some things that are plainly spelled out. We should not murder, we should not commit adultery, we should care for widows and orphans, we should treat our neighbors as ourselves, etc. What you won't find in the Bible are the everyday decisions that need to be made. What job should I take? Where should I live? What car should I buy? These things are not spelled out for us.
It has been our desire to follow God's will for our lives. We want to be where He wants us. At times we have struggled with that, because His will has not lined up with our plans. Mike wants to find a job so he can provide for his family. I want to be home with Emily. We want to move to a bigger apartment. We want Emily to have the best options for school. These are not bad things to want. The problem with these wants is that we had already decided in our minds how these things should look. We had already figured out the who, what, when, where and how. That leaves very little room for faith that God will work out the details! And as I have already mentioned, God has other plans for us.
So we will stay where we are. We trust that God knows what is best for us. He knows what Emily needs and He will provide a school that will meet those needs. We already have an appointment to meet with the school district so we will learn more then. Mike will continue to send out resumes each week. We know that God will provide a job for him at the right time and in the right place. Our apartment is small, but it has all that we need. We are trying to have the same outlook that the apostle Paul had:
Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. Philippians 4:11
And, we might need to change the blog title to Wherever He Leads We'll Stay...