Trust for the Future

Trust for the Future

Trust for the Future

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.

I don’t know exactly what it will look like, but I have trust for the future of where God will lead us. I’m excited for the coming adventure.

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  • Our timing is not His timing that is for sure!

  • Wow. 17 days? That is quite the adventure. You have such a positive attitude about it. ๐Ÿ™‚
    –Melissa
    http://www.melissamchee.com

  • Good luck on your new adventure!

  • Congratulations to Austin on the new program. Best wishes on your move, and happiness in your new home!

  • I love that you are open to the opportunities! God’s plan is always greater than our own!

  • I feel like I needed to read this today…I just got a phone interview for a part time job at an animal sanctuary [i have been very diligently applying to every job they post in hopes of this very call]
    And I know realistically I can’t quit my full time job with benefits to take a part time job for possibly less money- but I’m going to trust the process and God more…. and I am determined to make it work if I get it because working with animals is a big dream of mine! Good luck on your lovely new adventure ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the reminder to trust more and that the waiting is not always a bad thing….

  • Best of luck on your new adventure! I’m in the “waiting game” right now too for a few different things, and you’re so right that you learn more in the waiting portion.

  • Congratulations on your new adventure. I do always feel like waiting is the hardest part, but it’s true that those are also times of great discoveries, thoughts, and learning.

  • First of all, congrats! This is a big move but I’m sure it will be a great experience! Can’t wait to learn more about this new lifestyle of yours!

  • Waiting is the worst! However, you are totally right in that God likes to do a lot of stuff during that waiting time. Good luck on your new adventure and thanks for sharing!

  • Oh my goodness! I’ll be praying for you guys! That will be quite the change!

  • Good luck on your new adventure!! Thank ou for sharing this, this is definitely something I needed to hear as far as work is concerned <3

  • Wow I had just recently read about your move to Chicago and when I read the header of this post I had to come check it out! Congratulations and good to your husband and you on the next wonderful adventure! Exciting times, sometimes there is more fun in the unknown.
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  • Handled so well! Hope you get everything done in time!

  • You have put yourself in the right person hands.

  • Good luck on your exciting new adventure. Waiting is never easy, but Nothing good really is!

  • Congratulations! Enjoy this next chapter of new adventures!

  • Life is always such an adventure! Sounds like you have an exciting one ahead. Good luck!!

  • Trust is such a big thing. I wish you only the very best on this new venture!

  • Wow! Congratulations on your new adventure! I can definitely say that I have been tested in the wait, but it was all worth it. I can’t wait to hear about where you go next.

  • Congratulations on the awesome news and good luck on your adventure!!

  • Sounds exciting! I’ve done similar things and I know how stressful it can be. I have faith you’ll adapt well and it’s exciting news! Remember to have fun!

  • It is totally hard sometimes to wait for Gods responses to our desires, right?!? Thanks for sharing and good luck on this new path!

  • Sounds like you’re ready to embrace the journey! Hope that your time of transition is smooth and your new adventure teaches you a lot!

  • Wow! Good luck … New beginnings!

  • God is amazing how he works. I enjoy going to church and learning that the pastor will be speaking of the same topic that has been weighing on my mind. He is glorious!

  • What a big, exciting change! Lots of love and prayers your way, my friend, as you step out and trust Jesus. Can’t wait to see what amazing things this next year holds for you and Austin!

  • Transitions are the space in which we grow! Good luck!

  • Congrats on the new adventures! Change is always a bit scary, but you’ll end up exactly where you’re supposed to be! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • That sounds so amazing. Scary and thrilling all at once.

    And what a great takeaway, God teaches us so much in the waiting.

    • Hello Andrea! Yes, it is scary to venture out into this great unknown, but we are excited at the same time. God is good and we are trusting Him to sustain us in this journey. Thanks for stopping by!

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