A time may come when you are given a choice to say yes Lord, and move out in faith, or stay put where you are comfortable or even thriving. It’s ok to say no Lord, He gives more grace. Let me tell you what happened to us as we stepped out in obedience to God.
A year ago, my husband and I clearly heard the Lord ask us t move. It was interesting because so many events leading up to that request, put us in the position to say yes. We prayed and researched for months until my husband clearly heard a call to a specific Idaho town. Before that, we diligently sought a new city in Oregon, but it wasn’t right. Nothing felt right except Idaho. After visiting, we were convinced, at perfect peace, and had a knowing that we belonged here. The enemy rose up against us. Friends and family just couldn’t understand how we could pick up and move. Things were said that cut us to the bone, relationships were strained. Is this what Jesus meant when He said some would have to leave family and security? But we knew we had to obey the Lord in this and let Him repair the breach.
Our house sold quickly, and we loaded up our belongings into containers, stored them and set out. We traded in my beloved car for a new truck and a small RV. Escrow closed at 5 p.m. on July 16, 2018, we pulled out at 6 p.m. It was 108 degrees, we were exhausted, frustrated and everything seemed wrong, but the Holy Spirit pulled us toward peace. As we hit the interstate, we began to relax and enjoy the adventure. This is significant. I kept hearing peace, “you will live in peace”. For months I heard that repeatedly. “You will live in peace”.
As we camped out for 10 weeks waiting for houses to come on the market, the Lord began to reveal that we were in a wilderness experience. Not a desert, but a wilderness. I re-read stories about the wilderness times of Jesus, John the Baptist and Moses. Just as they experienced, the Lord provided for our every need. I sensed it would be 40 days, and it was. These days were hard. It was hot, cooking was difficult in that tiny 154 square foot space. The Wi-Fi didn’t work, the cable TV was off and on. There were lots of frustrations and we had to work to keep our focus on the Lord and His purposes. We walked all over town for something to do and got to know it at street level. We talked to people at the farmer’s market, we went to almost every church. The enemy came in to steal our joy over and over again. I have to say, we had more fun in these days despite the hardships. We laughed more than ever, we spent time talking and dreaming and planning. We persevered because God’s character and faithfulness was more than enough to focus on.
At the end of 40 days there was a definite shift in the spiritual realm. As prophesied over us, double doors opened, and Heaven flooded us with one blessing after another. Keep in mind, our new town is very very small and there were just no houses for sale. We never got discouraged for some reason. We just knew. Then one day we stumbled upon a new street with 3 new homes. Although it was more money than we wanted to spend, we bought the home. It took a lot of prayer and faith to step out. The builder is a great man of integrity. He reduced the price for us, then did extra finishings to meet our needs. Every appliance was on sale, every utility had a special deal going on. We had incredible favor. Jesus gives exceedingly, abundantly more than we can ask or think. We are overwhelmed by his faithfulness. Just when I thought I couldn’t take much more of His generosity, we were able to buy a new car. So now, all that we gave up to say yes, had been restored to us; better, new, more equipped and beautiful. We remain debt free, completely unencumbered. I really don’t need additional confirmation that our move was of God! But there was more. Moving day came, and our builder had organized a group of neighbors to come and unload the storage containers. We had a pizza party, got to know them, and they did the heavy lifting. A few days later, another neighbor brought over a coffee cake to welcome us. I am amazed at the love these people exhibited to us, complete strangers.
Walking in faith is an interesting adventure. This has been a very hard time, but the most joyous and rewarding time. It’s a time of freedom in the spirit. We know that we know, that we are in the right place, on assignment. Every need is met, every question is answered. We walked out of the wilderness through double doors, into abundance. We had to pay a high price by leaving family and friends, and I am forever grateful and humbled by that refinement. This has been a time of discovery, of deeper faith, deeper spiritual gifting and appreciation for the cross of Christ. We know more about the love of God, His character and personality. He revealed more of Himself to us. He gave us wisdom and peace in the midst of a storm. I had to write it down lest I forget His benefits. I had to share it with you beloved friends, that you may be encouraged and know God watches over every little detail of life.
And by the way, we are living in peace, spiritually and physically. The name of our little Idaho town in Hebrew, is peace. I am overwhelmed.