The heart of man plans his way,
but the Lord establishes his steps.
Proverbs 16:9 ESV
We’ve been in a season of transition for a while now. A season of not knowing where we are going or what our future will look like. When I married Austin, we moved to the northwest suburbs outside of Chicago knowing that we would only be here temporarily. This first home of ours would be an in-between space and a temporary arrangement. This newlywed nest would be a short-term dwelling as we prepared to set out for something else arriving on the horizon.
When we moved here, we had plans and a timeline and a picture-perfect schedule of how long we would be here and when and why we would leave. God’s plans were different.
Austin has been in the process of applying for a new job that will take us on a new adventure. An adventure that includes living out of hotels and moving every few weeks for the next two years. This is what we wanted and this was what we were pursuing.
In November, after he finished his first interviews, we packed up half of our apartment with the idea of leaving before the new year. We waited for the call. The call came and told us to wait until January when someone would be coming to completed an additional interview. Again we waited. It’s hard to live and invest when you don’t know how long you are going to stay. Would be be here for another year? or anther month? We had absolutely no idea.
After the interview in January, we had to wait again. We waited for three weeks to get that call. Three weeks that started out anxiously and soon settled into a peaceful trust. One Sunday morning in the middle of those three weeks, we were listening to a sermon where the pastor said;
“God teaches you more during the waiting than during the doing.”
God was using that season of not knowing where we were going or what we were doing to cause us to fall into His arms and rely on His perfect all-knowing wisdom. God used that season to teach us to trust in ways that we had never had to before. Trust that God, in His omniscience knows what is best for us and rest knowing that He has our future secure and is guiding us to where He has planned for us to go.
This past Friday, we got the call and, just like that, Austin was accepted into the program and we found out that we have seventeen days to pack up our life here and move. We will be gone by March 1st. This is where we are now. Preparing to leave our home of ten months and depart into the great unknown.