Sunday, August 18, 2019
As we have been
progressing into going to Colorado Springs to serve as missionaries
with LightSys, we have often been unable to see how it would finally
happen. Knowing we are called, and that God was behind this, we
continually pray and seek God for any changes in direction or steps
we needed to take. Mostly, we heard ‘abide and wait’. As we have
been abiding and waiting, God was strengthened our faith a well as
our confidence in our calling. He has also been teaching us to not be
paralyzed trying to perceive His will but that it is okay to step out
and let Him change our course as need be. Like in Joshua 3, as the
Israelite’s cross the Jordan on dry land, the priests had to first
step into the water before the waters backed up to reveal the path to
the other side.
Last weekend we
started seeing the doors open to move to Colorado Springs. We felt
that doors were starting to open that could allow us to buy a house
earlier then expected. Howard’s new job has a very lenient work
from home policy so he started asking about working remotely. At the
same time, a job opening at Compassion International for a part-time
software developer was revealed to Howard so he started pursing more
information about that.
While still waiting to hear about working remote, as well as the part-time work, another door opened up last night. A fellow missionary couple at LightSys contacted us letting us know they would be out of town for the majority of the next 6 months and asked if we would be interested in house sitting for them. Blown away, we went to church, in an attitude of prayer, and the message was partly about stepping out in faith. We also, went forward for prayer about this and again the word was to go through the open door. Although we are both in one accord about are calling, it is rare that we are immediately in sync about what we should do. However, on this, as we left church, we both felt we needed to step out in this and call our landlord and put in our 60 day notice. We went home, let the couple know that yes we would house sit for them and proceeded into our evening devotions together. As we finished up reading the book of Numbers, Karen turned the page to put her bookmark in Deuteronomy and noticed that she had previously highlighted verse 1:7. In the NLT version, Duet 1:7 starts out with “It is time to break camp and move on.” WOW!!! Looking at other versions of that verse, it also refers to going south, to the mountains, and to the foothills; Colorado Springs. Today we put in our 60 day notice to our landlord.
How could God be
more clear. We step out and He parts the waters. We are stepping out
in faith in this knowing that God is in control and that His plans
are greater then ours.