One of my fondest teenage memories is snuggling up by the campfire with my love, day dreaming about getting married, living in our own home, having kids and growing old together. I had always envisioned us living a few miles away from our parents in the same small town that we grew up in. We’d get a dog, and we’d spend our weekends with family. We’d go to the same restaurants, have the same friends, shop at the same stores, attend the same church, and celebrate the same holidays the way we always had – with family, playing games, eating good food and laughing. I found comfort in routine and predictability.
I’ll never forget that day. The day that everything changed. I felt the Holy Spirit’s presence like never before. He was telling me to speak up. I almost laughed at what He was telling me to say. Never in a thousand years had I imagined such words coming out of my mouth. It warranted action, and change. Two things that made my heart race and threw me into a panic. Every inch of my brain was telling me to ignore this feeling. But instead, I listened. And I spoke.
We were taking our dog on a walk when the Holy Spirit laid it on my heart to utter the words I had never seen coming. “I really feel like we’re supposed to be doing something more. Something different. I feel like God has bigger plans for us.”
Well friends, God had MUCH bigger plans for us.
“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 (NIV)
I had no idea what God was preparing my heart for at the time, but looking back, I can see just how strategically and carefully He works in our hearts to prepare us for bigger things.
Two years later, we are living 750 miles away from all of our family, and the little town we used to call ‘home’. God has blessed us with two amazing sons. My husband has accepted two promotions, which have allowed me to stay at home with our boys. We own a beautiful home. We are members of a wonderful church. And we have more sweet friends than we could’ve ever hoped for.
You see, God meets us where we are, and prepares our hearts for what’s to come. There have been countless instances where God has pressed something on my heart that didn’t make sense at the time, but as his plan unfolded, I was able to see how He was working all things for good. Sometimes we must go down a journey that we don’t understand, but when we put our trust in the Lord, and allow Him to lead our life, the result is so worth it. Worth the sacrifices. Worth the changes. Worth the wait.
Love + Hugs,