Day 10 Twists and Turns

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’  These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 

Matthew 6:26-33

Almost 14 years ago, my young family decided it was time for a change and my husband accepted a job with Ferguson Enterprises, in Newport News. At 23 years old, I was used to moving; Hubs on the other hand had only moved one other time in his life and it was to a neighboring town. Some bumps in life’s road in combination with new paths on the horizon lead to an excitement about starting over.

At the end of July in 2000, we flew into Norfolk, dropped off our 1 . year old son with my mom and dad, found a townhouse, and flew back to Minnesota to make the big move, half way across the country. The company was giving us a moving allowance and being the young couple that we were, we felt like we hit the jackpot. By the beginning of August, we packed as much as we could into our Intrepid, watched the movers load everything else we owned into the truck, and off we went.

As we drove away from our little 2 bedroom apartment we left behind family, lots of friends, the church we were married and involved in…all for…well, we didn’t really know! The future seemed so uncertain. I remember going through waves of feeling really excited and really terrified.

The passage in Matthew 6:26-33 became a mantra in our home as we transitioned into our new location. There were days when we just knew we had made the right decision to leave all that we knew for this adventure; then there were days that brought so much loneliness we just wanted to run back to the comforts of the familiar. In our times of worry and uncertainty, the reminder of how much God cares for us didn’t grow old. As a couple, settling into Chesapeake was one of the deepest faith growing times we have faced. The realization of what we faced was out of our control caused us to surrender

everything to Jesus and doing so stretched us in ways we couldn’t have imagined.

Believers family, we are embarking on a move of monumental proportions. As a ministry, we’ve hit some bumps in the road (lots of people and cars and not enough room for them!); we also have some new paths on the horizon! While the combination of those things can be a little daunting, it can also be very exciting. Together we have seen (and will continue to see) that when we seek God above all else, He will show up in the midst of twists and turns on the road to give us everything we need!