By Makenzie McNeill, Staff Writer/Stewardship Assistant
The Unexpected Call
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”
Towards the middle of the month, a “hunch” started to develop in my mind. Curiosity piqued, I inquired of my husband, Duncan, if this particular epiphany had also taken root in his thoughts, as well. Sure enough, we both confessed the same idea.
We then proceeded to shriek in excitement and shock over our mutual intuition: our chapter in Texas was coming to an end, and a new adventure was calling us elsewhere.
The possibility of moving and going on an adventure was so exciting for us! We both shared a desire to travel and see the world (please forgive this overused cliché).
Just 2 years prior, Duncan had a potential opportunity to study abroad in Europe for his graduate school. Due to some unforeseen health complications, the light of this budding adventure was snuffed out. Furthermore, after another opportunity to relocate to Colorado was also shot down, we sadly accepted that we were destined to live in Texas forever (exaggeration for dramatic effect).
However, our unexpected stay in Texas was an unforeseen blessing. After discovering I had a rare medical condition, we found a doctor in Houston that specialized in that disorder. I was able to receive the best medical and surgical care available only an hour’s drive away. We are very thankful that the Lord kept us in Texas for that reason.
Yet, we still believed that God had a specific plan for us that would unravel in His time. We knew that this desire to travel, to explore new cultures, and to meet new people was a gift from Him. He gave that desire to us for a reason! We simply needed to be patient for when the Lord gave us the opportunity to travel the world on His behalf.
Now, it appeared that opportunity had come!
After a solid round of gleeful guffawing at the prospect of a new adventure, our elation quickly skidded to a halt.
Where are we going to go? How are we going to get there? Can we afford to move?
Surely, we will have to spend all our savings on the move – no company in their right mind would pay to move some young, twenty-something with only 5 years of professional experience all the way across the country (or so we thought). We were stuck in a one-year lease for our apartment – there was no way we could move before then (or so we thought). And Duncan’s not finished with his online schooling yet-–maybe this calling is supposed to wait until after he graduates (or so we thought).
Despite this uncertainty, Duncan and I knew that if God was behind our calling to move, then He would make the path clear for us. We felt that if God was calling us to leave Texas, He had a specific destination in mind. The only questions were – where? and when? and how?
And so, with much uncertainty yet bubbling anticipation, I opened my computer and began searching for job opportunities. I just had that unexplainable “hunch” that this new potential adventure had already begun.
Stay tuned for the next part of my story, airing in January!