Sunday, June 7, 2015

Change of Plans

Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." -James 4:13-15 NIV

Jesus replied, "Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." -Mat 8:20 NIV

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. -Isa 55:8-9 NIV

The more we think we understand God and His way, the more He reveals to us that we're absolutely unable to fathom his depths.

I don't have any way to explain the turn of events that is before us, except to say, "if it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."

Two months ago, we described with excitement the open door before us, with a job opportunity that enabled Gabe to get necessary training for the mission field. Since most mission organizations require their fixed-wing pilots to have 1- or 2-years of experience, it was a blessing to get that experience while being paid.

Meanwhile, we were anticipating moving from our current rental to another, hopefully closer to Gabe's job (it takes 1.5 hours for him to get home in normal evening traffic), and hopefully opening us up to new ways to use the gifts we've been given to build up Christ's church.

Bonnie had felt a tug on her heart to return to Tucson, since the beginning of the year. With Gabe's schooling coming to an end, that was the direction we planned to take unless the Lord changed it. When the job opportunity was offered, we understood in our prayers, certain circumstances, and in waiting on the Lord that this was what He had for us.

However, when specific answers to prayer make you reconsider, you should probably do so seriously. Our house in Tucson coming available 5 months early was such an answer, when the renters there invoked the military clause to end the lease. Then, some other things began to line up in a way that excited Gabe; but, he's used to setting aside his dreams to stick with "the plan."

Finally, some calls to and from UIM Aviation in Tucson confirmed a growing thought in Gabe's heart, and the certainty in Bonnie's, and we are pulling a U-Turn and heading back to Tucson. That is, if the Lord wills…
Crazy? Probably.

If I knew for sure what God's plan was, or why He does certain things, I'd have no need of faith. But He tells us in His word, "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him" (Heb 11:6 NIV). And we know that faith is believing His promises. He promises to never leave us, never forget about us. Jesus promises that his sheep know his voice, and follow him when they hear it.

So we step forward in the direction we feel led, and allow Him to make any changes He desires, and I think that pleases Him.

I have one desire now - to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy into it. 
-Ed McCully, martyred in Ecuador Jan 8, 1956

We will miss so much here in Washington. Friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, Mt. Rainier, the color green…it's been a wonderful, wonder-filled season. But it's not home. Neither is Tucson. In fact, we haven't ever been in a place we can call home anymore.

We long for our home, and we love the land of our sojourn.

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