People have asked us how we knew the Lord was calling us to go to Sacred Road -- most likely because it has been a short time period in which we've made this decision.
I will try to blog on this over the next few weeks. When we began praying for the Lord to show us whether we should really move, we asked God to hit us over the head with something HUGE. This way we would know "for sure" if we should go.
He didn't hit us over the head. I love how God knows best and instead He began giving us something almost every day for 3 months. I tried to write them down as they came. It was incredible how much Scripture He put right in front of us. Here is one example.
This past fall I heard a sermon on Mark 4:35-5:20 right during the time as we were praying about moving to Sacred Road. The sermon title was "Speaking Calm Into Chaos". The sermon began with this line: You are either in the middle of a storm or in between storms.
I hung onto every word during that sermon. My life had been sailing along on a beautiful wave. The idea of moving to Sacred Road seemed like we were heading into a crazy, chaotic storm. Who purposely turns their "boat" directly into a storm?
My life has not endured many storms. The biggest storms have probably been miscarriages, health issues for our parents and Emily's diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes when she was 4 years old. Other than that, my life has had fairly calm waters.
But heading to Sacred Road feels like we are headed into a storm. My safe, comfortable, secure, somewhat predictable life is about to be rocked.
Here is some of what I heard that day in the sermon: God speaks calm into the chaotic darkness. Jesus shines His light into our chaotic, fallen world. He can bring peace into the chaotic circumstances of our lives. Jesus is leading me and yes, I may be headed into a storm, but Jesus is in the boat with me. Faith believes that Jesus is in control of the storm. There is power in Jesus' Word. He has power over spiritual forces of evil.
Bam. That sermon hit me and I think we also sang the song, "Speak, O Lord" that same Sunday morning, which has this line: Help us grasp the heights of your plans for us. It was another confirmation in my heart that He had a job for me -- bigger and different than the path I was on.
This is just one example of how we felt God speaking to us -- and at just the right time. I still have my fears about the storm up ahead, but Jesus is right there with me in the boat, bringing calm into the chaos. Amen!