We sat there staring at each other. We both wanted to move to Dallas, but nothing was opening up. His eyes searched mine, “Maybe it’s time to open the door to job opportunities anywhere.” He knew how much my heart felt Dallas was where we were to go, but he was right. We needed to let God be in control. Trying to make it happen ourselves, limiting the location, had only given us months of silence. He let the recruiter know we were open to whatever crossed his desk, and within the week we had a job offer to Dallas.
I tell you this story not to say your wildest dreams will come true. We had tried to move overseas twice while we were in the military and it didn’t work out. Captain’s desire to stay in the military until he retired wasn’t the way we were led, either. Some things we want do not happen. So, what’s with the story?
Just like Israel was willing to let God lead, we have to be as well. I learned that when we moved to Dallas and when we left Dallas. Both situations were so out of our control we knew they were designed by the hand of God. But neither situation was easy or smooth. We had issues selling homes, moving goods, time wasn’t on our side, we took a gigantic loss in one, and we struggled with separation during both. So often we think God will orchestrate everything smoothly if we are following His plan, but that’s not always the case.
I will confess even after we had moved out of Dallas, and were relocated, my heart was not in a good place. In the past two years situations have transpired which didn’t make sense. I questioned and pouted. In fact, there were a few months I was downright mad. But God was good and faithful. He took care of us in all ways, and is still continuing to do so. And truth be told, I have grown and am learning so much because of the path we are on.
Israel is a good reminder to follow after God, but not expect easy when you do so. Israel was grateful to see his son again, but in so doing he had led his people to the land where they would be enslaved 400 years. This was God’s plan to make them a great nation. I’m learning to trust the path God sets me on even when it doesn’t make the turns I think it will.