“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Mark 1:17
Jesus directed Simon and Andrew to drop those nets, drop their lives as they knew them that very moment, drop everything, and follow Him. When have you been called to leave a comfortable situation and follow the Lord into the ‘Great Unknown?’
Back in 2001, my husband felt a calling to return to school. Ironically, we already each held a college degree and had started our family with one daughter present in our lives. We had been praying for a second child for several months.
I had many reservations about this calling, and felt certain we misunderstood. We would need to go into debt for school, we were already parents and had begun investigating adoption, we would need to move away from friends and a wonderful church family, and I was not thrilled with the lifestyle options offered by attaining an MBA. I envisioned an absent husband, not at all what I had signed up for when I said, “I do,” thank you very much!
But I agreed to pray about it. We couldn’t even talk about it, but we each prayed about it for forty days.
In the end, he was accepted into two top ten programs, one even offering a small scholarship.
That was God’s answer.
Even when I had the answer, I was not thrilled. But, I was determined to be positive and be as supportive as possible.
Three weeks later we learned our second daughter was on her way!
God had heard the cries of my heart. I would not question the timing, and while we were making the best choices we could, we knew we needed to rely on God’s provision for the next two years.
It’s been ten years since my husband graduated with his MBA. In that decade we have been relocated three times to unknown cities. We have lived without him during the week while he traveled for work, added a third daughter to the mix, and celebrated as we repaid each student loan. We fought my cancer and each have drawn closer to Jesus.
In some areas my fears were justified. Yet, God has redeemed every sacrifice, every hardship, working out everything in our favor, just as He promises in Romans 8:28.
During the times of loneliness, I drew closer to God, eventually realizing I really was not home alone with young children. And when I was clueless, He would somehow provide a key.
The one blessing of my husband’s work I constantly denied desiring or needing, proved necessary six years ago. His income and his job’s health benefits sustained our family as I journeyed through cancer.
I did not think we needed the corporate life. But God realized that by utilizing John’s talents and gifts, He could then free up my time to raise our children and allow me time to study Him and His word. It also has given me time to pursue my passion of writing.
I shudder to think, what if, what if I had disobeyed God’s calling on our lives? The road has not been easy, but He was there each step of the journey.
Monday: When have you been called to leave a comfortable situation and follow God into the ‘Great Unknown?’
Tuesday: What fears did you have, and later realized, 1) they were justifiable, and 2) God dealt with those fears.
Wednesday: Are you currently facing a crossroads where the logical answer just doesn’t seem to be His chosen path? Read Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Thursday: Think about what you hope your future contains. Have you turned that picture over to God? Are you willing to let Him make adjustments?
Friday: Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for sustaining me. That you for leading me. Thank you, that in your holiness, you truly have the very best for me, and your wisdom and guidance will lead me down the path you chose for me. Thank you, that I can trust you, knowing you love me more than I can imagine. Amen.
Thank you for reading! Please return next Monday, April 14, for the next post.