Wednesday, May 05, 2010

A name change might be in order

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...


Anonymous said...

Wonderful blog post! It ministers to me. Thanks for sharing.

I am reminded, as well, that sometimes "being in ministry" or "serving God" has totally different circumstances than what we would ever imagine. We always assume it means being on the go, but what about just being? When we surrender our lives to ministry, we give God a blank check. It is up to Him to fill it in and us to cash it. I don't know what God has in plan for your lives but I do know that my live (our lives) have been touched and ministered to on a regular basis through this blog. More lives may be touched by staying and being versus going and doing. You all have been willing and faithful to pour out your personal lives through this blog with others, be it friends, family, or total strangers. Lives are being affected no doubt, though we may never know who or to what degree.

I anticipate wonderful things ahead as the three of you wait upon the Lord and put your trust in Him as you continue to "stay" whereever He leads.

You guys are so wonderful. We are so thankful for your friendship and, as you have heard me say many times, we love this blog.

Lynn (& Paul)

Carla said...

An excellent post. Thank you for sharing the Scripture. I needed it today:)

Anonymous said...

Such a great reminder that "we" are not to be in control ... and I needed that reminder this a.m.! I am very glad that you've "stayed" -your family is such a blessing to us all - what would we do without you, Mike and Miss Em??!!

Love you,


Cindy and Brooke said...

Very well said! Thanks for sharing. Love you!


Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Staying can be just as hard as going! I completely relate as we've now been almost 13 years where we thought we'd only be 2. Praying God moves both of us before the year's over!!

Amy said...

Such an encouraging post--and yet, I know that the road is not easy! Praying that God will clearly show you His plan, and know that if it is to stay that truly that is best! I, too, have often struggled with contentment--praying for you in this area, too! Appreciate you guys!

Katy said...

Wise words. I never imagined this life for myself and yet here it is.

Jenkins said...

Thank you for sharing your trust in the Lord and His plans...if only we could do it all the time with all things.