Saturday, August 7, 2010

step one

163 days, 48 prospective buyers, 23 fresh flower bouquets, four open houses and almost two agents later, we are finally beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel of this whole moving thing. We signed an agreed contract on our house this evening.
Praise the Lord!!

I've been feeling such the blessing of a sense of peace about all of this this week, even before we had the offer. Just feeling God whispering to me that it's all going to be okay, it's all going to work out, even though I can't see it, it's all in His sight. And, as God likes to do, this feeling has been topped off with little bits of validation all week as well in random words from friends, family and miscellaneous corners of the internet.
This being the latest and most obvious:

(from the hilarious blog Stuff Christians Like)
(and from which I did not change a thing... he's honestly in the midst of moving to Nashville, and even mentions having his daughter change schools a week before school starts)
(how very cool is that?!?!!!)
(and how perfectly -and exactly- can God speak to me through others??)
(and why am I still using parenthesis??)
Anyway, he writes:
Fortunately, this whole thing has been a complete God send and has been incredibly clear and there’s no doubt and God hand delivered a piece of paper that had the next ten years detailed so there’s no concern on that end.
As far as being able to accurately list out the exact things we should be doing, and the exact timeframe during which we should do it, we’ve got that covered. When it comes to accurately discerning the minute details of God’s plan for our lives, all I do is excel.

Or not.

Despite prayers and hopes, plans and confirmations, life is never so simple that all the pieces line up, giving you a 100-year road map to the future.
Sometimes, there is risk involved in moving on. Sometimes, if you’re single, you have to stretch outside your comfort zone to start a new relationship. Sometimes, a job you didn’t expect takes you to extraordinarily unexpected places.

And in those moments we often turn to God. But what does he say?
We often come to him with two buttons; “Run” and “Wait.” We want him to take his gigantic God fist and pound one cleanly. No hanging chad, we want to know instantly and without any doubt what he would have us do.

But often, it doesn’t work that way for you and me, and I am encouraged by a moment when it didn’t for Moses.

The setting is the shore of the Red Sea. Moses has led the Israelites out of Egypt. They are excited. But just as freedom seems possible, they look up and see the Egyptian army marching down on them. In what I’ve mentioned before is the Bible’s first known example of sarcasm, they yell at Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?” What punks, but Moses isn’t phased.

With wisdom that sounds like it was said by a man with a legit beard, he replies in Exodus 14, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.” He continues later, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Hooray, you think! Moses got it right finally. His early track record isn’t wicked awesome. He murdered someone. He fled home. He told the Lord he wasn’t qualified to be a leader, but here, here in this moment he instinctively relies on God! He gets it. God clearly wants them to wait and trust. Great plan.

But how does God respond to that in the very next verse? God says, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.”

I love that. Moses thought he had a plan. He thought he had a next step. He thought the wait button had been pressed and so he advised everyone to wait. And what did God say to that? “Run! Right now, run!”

That to me is a beautiful example of how crazy an adventure with God can feel.
You want answers and they just don’t seem clear sometimes.
You know in your heart of hearts that you’re supposed to move to Nashville and that God is in this adventure in big ways, but having your daughter change first grade a week before it starts isn’t easy. Your wife leaving the Community Bible Study she’s led for years isn’t easy. Changing a job you’ve had for years -and had it easy- isn’t easy. And you wish, you wish there was a roadmap that could tell you how it will all work out fine.

But as I’ve said before, we don’t get an itemized solution, we get a savior.

We don’t get a roadmap, we get a relationship.

We don’t get a mission statement, we get a Messiah.

And a relationship that is built daily. Relationships are built on time and closeness. And every time we come just seeking actionable answers, every time we come for the next ten steps, every time we come for adventure insurance from God, I think he simply thinks, “Come. Come be where I am. Stop making me press the wait or the run button, just come.” Because the truth is, in your life, and my life too, on every journey we go on,

God’s presence matters more than a plan.


So. Step one, Sell Our House; on the way to being done.
Next up, find our new home and watch for God to put all these very last minute details together just in the nick of time. Amazingly.

Thanks for all your prayers and encouragement through the last six months.
You can be sure we'll still appreciate them for the next month or two while we try and finish this whole escapade up!


Nicole said...

I am so so so incredibly happy for you guys! Amazing! I hope that you find everything you want in your new home. Give me a call if you ever need to bounce house ideas/thoughts off of someone!

K.M.L said...

Congrats Heather and Ryan! I am SO happy for you that step one is done! Love you all...

LeeAnn Howard said...

Congrats Heather! I know you must be very happy and excited to get this out of the way, just in time for school to start up too! :)

Mom said...

I CRIED thru this whole thing....beacause God is SO good. He knows what we need,when we need it,and how best to bless us. And your writing my dear,once again,just blessed me. I love you!!!!XOXOXOXO

Anonymous said...

hooray for you! great news!

Christina said...

Oh my goodness! This is the best news I've had all day! I'm so happy for you and so thankful for how God is working just in the nick of time. His providence is AMAZING. Can't wait to hear what else He has in store for you guys as HE paves the way for you in Nashville. Congrats on the house offer!

Kim said...

I am sooooo happy for you! Can't wait to hear about your new adventures. :) Good luck with everything along the way!

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