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Topic: WAIT (08/30/18)
- TITLE: Unstoppable
By Stephen Kimball
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“I want another baby.”
As if I had just been slapped across the face, I managed to get out: “Another… baby.”
“We agreed before we got married that we would either have zero or two kids – did we not?”
“I vaguely remember that.”
“I am 35 years old, we cannot wait any longer.”
“We have discussed this before…with a $1,500 mortgage payment and $800 a month for day care…we cannot live here and afford another child.”
“That leaves us no choice then – we have to move” she declared, trying not to leave room for argument.
In the silence I began to contemplate my objections but I knew she had me. Everything inside of me wanted to be okay with our little trio. Despite my hesitancy and the many unanswered questions that were swirling around in my mind, what came out next surprised even me.
“Okay, let’s move.”
She looked into my eyes as if she had misunderstood.
At the nod of my head, she leapt into my arms, with a “you are my hero” smile that melted my heart.
There was no going back now.
With great anticipation and excitement we began to research areas that seemed a good fit for our family. Before long we were sending resumes, eagerly awaiting the destination that we believed God would lead us to.
A month passed, leads dried up. We found ourselves impatient and frustrated when things didn’t seem to be falling into place.
More want ads were answered, this time near my wife’s family – Plan B.
Low and behold – a response. A major employer offers to fly me out for an interview.
“This is a done deal” we think as we began to plan the pre-move yard sale.
Upon my return, time goes by…very slowly…No call.
Nearly two weeks later, the news arrived in the mail: “We regret to inform you…” the letter read.
A bit discouraged, yes - defeated, no.
God clearly needed some help, however, so we moved on to Plan-C.
In the absence of a job, we decided to try to find a home in a nearby city that would hold plenty of job opportunities.
Offers were made, none accepted.
Without a Plan-D, we were beginning to feel defeated.
We had done our due diligence and the door remained sealed shut. We decided to take some time and seek the Lord - we were ready to hand over the reins. If it were His will for us to move, He would open the door.
It was about two and a half months later, when we got the call. One of the employers that I had sent a resume to responded, out of the blue, with a job opportunity. The next two months were a blur. All of the necessary pieces of the puzzle seemed to be divinely put in place, including selling our home, purchasing a new one and moving - God was clearly in control of this.
Fast forward a few years – on the same couch.
“I want to move.”
“When we bought this house we said we wanted to move to the mountains before the kids got to middle school, did we not?”
“I vaguely remember that.”
“Middle school is next year. Now is the time.”
We agreed to use our vacation to visit the area that seemed the perfect place to re-settle.
“If we like it, we can look for a job when we get closer to the end of school. If it is not God’s plan, we will know after we have spent a week investigating the area.”
We set out for Johnson City, TN. with optimism but with an open mind for God to check us if He wanted. We roamed the city, the schools, the neighborhoods, potential employers, etc…for several days and came to the conclusion that the grass was not actually greener on the other side, after all, as we had expected.
So we wait. This time we will wait willingly and patiently for God’s direction. He will move us where he wants us to be in His timing. Because we know from experience that when God is in control there is no stopping Him. For now we will be content to bloom where we are planted.
To be continued…
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