It was a year ago this week when our comfortably built suburban middle-class life took a new direction. We were living out our dream in a house we loved and had recently remodeled and had plans to retire in a few years.
I remember having a magnet on our refrigerator decades ago, when we were living in what I considered my dream home at that time, a big 1800’s 8-bedroom farmhouse in rural Vermont. One morning I happened to take special note of the magnet and read the words as I had so many times before:
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
For some reason (God of course) I took notice of those words more significantly that day and with good reason. Our lives were turned upside down within a couple of days as God changed our direction and He knew I would need the reminder of those words. Oh my, I had no idea the journey God would take us on.
And so, it is now. Last year at this time a simple retirement discussion within a week became a calling to a new adventure. One we could not have imagined.
People remark, assuming that this was a lifelong dream of ours (living and traveling in a RV), that it must be nice to be doing so.
- No, it was not our dream life
- No, we did not plan on retiring for several more years
- No, we never were going to sell our house
While it was not our dream, it was God’s dream for us. And…
- Yes, we are loving it
- Yes, we can’t imagine doing anything else at this time
- Yes, we never could have dreamed this
We are currently serving at Mission: El Paso! in Texas and will be here 2 more months before moving on to another ministry project in Oklahoma. We come home tired, but it is a good tired. And we cannot see ourselves doing anything else.
So, what is God doing in your life? How open are you to a new direction?
May God continue to richly bless you two as you serve Him in such marvelous ways.
May God bless you and keep you safe! You’re doing wonderful things!!! We love you both and keep you in our prayers!