So I was a work yesterday and I got the thought to count how many more work days until the new year. I was both surprised and sad to find that I would be working only eight more days.
Surprised because it just seemed like it was just October. Sad because it was in October that I trusted God’s leading in my life and gave notice to my employers that I would be leaving at the end of December.
Leaving a job is never easy, but leaving a job that you love, that gives you the money you need to pay your bills and feed your family, and that allows you to work with some awesome people is really hard.
Not to mention the fact that I am leaving in order to stay home, go through everything I own, sell most of it, and then pack the rest in order to move to a Country that I have never been to , and that I do not currently even have a job in.
So why am I doing this?
Why do I insist on planning for a future that seems about as likely as one in which chickens lay square eggs?
For these seven reasons.
1. God is leading me to do this
When I gave my life to Christ I ceased to be the owner of it. I gave the one who designed me, who knows me better than myself, control.
It was not a big sacrifice because I had not really been doing that great a job of controlling it on my own.
Honestly, I was a flat-out mess and as I look back over the 13 years that God has been leading me, I see that He has never once led me to do anything that has been destructive in my life.
So while it looks like I may crash and burn, I know that the “unknown” is really just smoke and mirrors.
2. God answers my prayers
Every time that I have a major decision in my life I bring it to God. Or to be truthful, usually I panic first, then I bring it to God.
Sometimes God will throw open the doors for me, sometimes He will slam them shut, and sometimes I will feel as if I am blindfolded and led step by step before He will reveal the answer.
But never is my prayer ignored, or lost in the shuffle. God hears every prayer and responds in exactly the way He needs to, to get the desired result.
3. God always provided for all my needs
I have been a widow for 5 and ½ years now. Before losing my husband to cancer, I, for the most part, leaned on him to supply our family’s needs.
Since Allan has been gone, it is all God, all the time. And in all these years He has never once let me or my children starve, or go without anything that is needed.
So if God provided in the past, why would He not do so in the future.
4. God’s word says he is “Trustworthy”
Over and over in the Bible it talks about how trustworthy God is. All I need to do is to open up his word and read verses, such as those below, to be strengthened.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9
“Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” ~ Psalm 9:10
The word (the Bible) is not just ink on paper, it is alive and God leads me through it.
5. God has compelled me
Although I like adventure, I do not like change. I am not one to want to live in a new city every two years, like the friends of my mom.
So while I have always wanted to go to England, I would probably never have moved there as it would have required me to leave the 24 square foot radius I like to call home.
But when God has called you and He compels you to go, it changes everything. I often feel as if I am strapped to the front of a Plane, with England as the target. I could not stop this if I tried, not would I want to.
6. God has counted my days
My husband was only 49 when he left here, my friend’s son only 19. We just do not know how long we have, but despite what the world says, it is not a “crapshoot.”.
God formed me in my mother’s womb and He has counted my days. He has amazing plans for my life that I cannot even imagine.
So I need to allow him to do the work He needs to do in me so that I can see those plans come to fruition, before my time is up.
7. God loves me
God is love! Period. He is the source of all love. He is not hate, or fear, or lack, or misfortune. He is LOVE!
And He loves me (and you) with an everlasting and passionate love.
You are not an accident, nor am I. Because He loves me I know that everything will fall into place just as it should.
So yes I am in the process of letting go of a lot of things,
but I am grabbing ahold of so much more.
And even though I may not yet know what I will one day hold,
I know that it will be amazing because I have a Father who loves me,
who looks out for me, and who is leading me into all good things.
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