There is one piece of advice on prayer that I feel comfortable giving: Do not pray that you place all things in God’s hands – marriage, home, children, health, etc. – unless you really mean it. You don’t know what might happen, but you can be certain that something will.
The last time I fervently prayed this prayer God uprooted us from our life and moved us across the state. Our life was good. We were part of a good church that believed fully in God’s word and ardently proclaimed what is written there – even the hard parts. In that church we were members of a small group of men and women who we thought of as family. We were learning, growing, and being challenged in our beliefs and our faith. We had great friends, good jobs. We had just bought a house and were settling in to start a family.
Matt and I were in prayer that God would lead us, change us, use us. For a while I prayed, “Lord, all I have is yours – my marriage, my job, my home, my life – do with it what you will.” A few short weeks later we were headed to our new city where we knew no one.
We moved to a place that would not have made my short list of places I wanted to live. I was happy where we were and not very happy that God was asking us to leave and head to our new “home”, but Matt and I were certain, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that moving was exactly what God was calling us to do. We chose to obediently make the move.
During the weeks and months of prayer that came prior to our move I was part of a Bible study with several amazing and godly women. As our study drew to a close and Matt and I prepared to move in a matter of weeks those women prayed over me. One of the ladies felt she received a word from God that was meant for me; she told me that I was entering into my Eden. Those words have stuck with me.
As we came to our new home I felt we were entering our “promised land.” This was where God was calling us to be. He had great things for us here and the work of his Kingdom for our hands. I was reading through the Pentateuch at the time and remember being constantly struck by the call of God on Israel, his promises to them, and his gift of this land they had been promised hundreds of years earlier.
Matt and I have spent the last 4 years seeing God work in our lives and anticipating just what it is that he has called us to do. We know our work here remains unfinished (or at least it did as of 2 years ago) because God has kept us here despite our best efforts to move on.
To be continued…