taking a step of faith...

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

when i was about 8 or 9, my brother and i sang a song in the evening service of our church. i remember how excited i was to sing this particular song because it had actions. being a bit older then i was, i'm sure brad wasn't as thrilled to bring his hand up to his face or march in place, but sing it we did and the words (and actions) have been embedded in my mind ever since.

the chorus goes something like this:

"take a step of faith.
take a step of faith.
when you can't see your hand in front of your face,
take a step of faith.
with no star to guide your way
His word will always say
take a step of faith,
just take a step of faith."

i enjoy singing it on occasion knowing that my husband gets a kick out of my off-key rendition and because it also hammers in a point that i so easily forget.


well Lord, that's what we are doing.

after a series of hilarious and serious events that only my Heavenly Father could create, we found ourselves looking at the possibility of moving back to my hometown up in canada.

"seriously?" was a question that was thrown around a lot.

while i had come to terms and made peace with a lot of what i had gone through so many moons ago in the little town where i did most of my growing up, i had never dreamed that i would actually ever live there again. neither did my husband.

but, God has a way of taking your plans and your "nevers" and somehow turning it all around to make sense. and once it all makes sense, presenting one with the option of "taking a step of faith" or staying where it's comfortable.

we've chosen the former.

as of the middle of february, tony will be taking over the position of director of food services of prairie bible college. we are genuinely excited about this opportunity because it is opening up a lot of other doors for us as well, both personally and as a couple.

i know there will be obstacles, i know that the grass won't always be greener...but that's what taking a step of faith is: knowing that as we are moving forward we can be sure of being in the center of God's will. knowing that no matter what curve balls will be thrown our way, we can trust the One who led us to this new season of our life.

for a while, all i felt was fear and anxiety over this whole move...but last night as i was praying over the whole matter i was flooded with peace and genuine excitement because of one promise that i had forgotten about. God is good. doesn't matter what the circumstance is. God is good. and He works all things out for good. and because we love Him, this move is good.

so as we once again pack everything up, i'm reminded of another age-old promise that has carried me through so many other uncertain times...

"...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 hope and a future." jeremiah 29:11