“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”-Hebrews 11:1*
I sat there in total disbelief. I knew I had heard God right, but it bore repeating to my heart again. “Move, God? Are you sure?”
It was 2008 and we had been married for three years. During these first few years, Randy and I had a chaotic newlywed period. He was a bachelor and at age forty-three he married a widow with three children. The oldest child, who was severely broken by her father’s death, had been a challenge for the first years of the marriage with drugs, running away, and inappropriate behavior. The middle son was a growing teenage boy who needed assurance, guidance, and direction. And the youngest boy was open for an adventure. We also had suffered some losses of family members and Randy’s job and now this. Both Randy’s father and sister had serious health issues and we lived over four hundred miles away.
I knew what God was asking and I had a peace about it, so I shared it with Randy. He was stunned by the suggestion, but after a little time to reflect, we did it. Keep in mind there were many challenges in moving from Coppell, Texas to Mandeville, Louisiana. But when God is in charge all the pieces fall into place.
Randy found a job immediately. We put our house on the market in Texas (during a real estate downturn) and sold it quickly at the asking price. Our middle son was a freshman in high school and loved his football. We agreed Randy would move down to Louisiana, start his job, and find us a house. I would stay behind with the children until after football season. Randy found our house and we bought it with a counter offer. The boys moved with us to Louisiana and our daughter stayed behind (she had met her future husband and was still working through some issues). We were in Louisiana for six months and then we lost Randy’s dad and sister in May and June of 2009.
In looking back, one might ask, why would you make this huge life-changing decision?
It was SO much bigger than a physical move.
It was what God asked of us and we responded. We put our faith in Him to make the way and give us the vision. It was not always easy. We had to be flexible in making new friends, learning a new area, and focusing on the boys’ transition into new schools. The process brought about laughter, tears, and sometimes anger. It also benefited us as a family to bond together and tackle situations as a team.
We have been blessed for the ten years we have lived in Louisiana. The people we have met, relationships built, new cultures experienced, new areas of the country explored, and the growth in our walk with Jesus. Sometimes moving out of a comfort zone makes the zone bigger and the foundation stronger.
No regrets and no disappointment.
The physical transition opened up the reality which was we had moved in our faith.
* The Holy Bible, New International Version Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society