Friday, August 12, 2016

The Past Year (Part 3)

Blake called me one afternoon.

It had become part of our routine when we were on opposite sides of the world to talk just as I was making dinner and just as he was going to work in the morning.
I had just returned back to Oklahoma and was desperately trying to recover from jet lag.

He wanted to tell me about a job that he had caught wind of. It was a long shot, but something about that position called to him.

Blake was asked to come in for an interview.
His story, our story, was so obviously God's will for our lives, that it could not be ignored. 
After months of contemplation and prayer on behalf of everyone involved, Blake was offered the job, and we accepted.

I wish that I could fully and accurately project the amount of peace that both Blake and I have felt throughout this past year.
All of our decisions were hard and few of them made complete sense, but somehow we knew that everything would be okay.

I'm not going to say that we had faith that God would take care of everything in the exact way that He has, but I can say that we had faith that He would take care of us no matter what. We were happy to go wherever we were led. Whether that be to stay in Australia, move to Singapore, London, or Chile, we were ready to go anywhere and everywhere.

Our house in Oklahoma was simply meant to stand as a foundation, a place to always return to when we needed a bit of home. That obviously was not what was planned for us. We had no idea that our lives would jump from moving from Houston, Texas to Melbourne, Australia to Edmond, Oklahoma in the past two years.
Watching God work to move us has been nothing short of awesome. So many things had to fall perfectly into place in order for this to have happened, and it did. Not a couple of things worked out exactly as it needed to... Every. Single. Thing. Every doubt was drowned in the overwhelming calm of such a strange twist in our lives. We only needed the faith and the courage to say "yes". Who knew that He would ask us to move to the other side of the world, just to bring us back to where we call home?

How amazing is it that our God put so much work, so much time, so much effort into seeing this through? Blake and I are no one. Who are we to deserve such love? Who are we to experience so much greatness?

This change is completely inconsistent from the career plan that we had always foreseen for Blake. His new job is completely different in so many ways from what he has been doing for the past eleven years. However, he can take so much of what he has learned in that time, especially the knowledge he has obtained from the past two years in Melbourne, to what he will be doing now.

I hope that what Blake can bring to this, what I can bring to this will glorify God in every way that He desires.
You see, Blake will now be serving as part of the leadership team at the place where my brother was married, where my mother's funeral was held, where my sister's journey in her faith strengthened and blossomed, and where my children will be attending school this year.

Beginning in October, Blake will be the Director of Finance and Administration at Crossings Community Church.

We have come home.

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