When I published the last blog post nearly four months ago, Casey and I really believed that things were tied up and we were ready to move forward with our plans to move to Africa. Pretty quickly after that, we became aware of some hiccups in the process, and so we’ve spent the last four months sifting through a lot of those issues. All of this came to head over the last couple weeks, and we have both come to realize that we need to take some time to think and pray and wait for God to move.
I’m not a wait-er; I’m a mover. I get stuff done, I move on to the next plan, I check items off my list. I climb over obstacles, disprove the doubts, and fight through the barriers. But, honestly, for the first time in my life I feel comfortable just waiting. We’ve prayed and prayed for direction and understanding, and I think God has really given us peace about our decision to step back for a moment.
We don’t know what the future holds. We still believe that God is calling us to serve in Ethiopia, but it may look a lot differently than we initially envisioned, or it might look only slightly differently than we originally envisioned. We could end up moving to Ethiopia sometime in the next year, or it could be a 2-3 years from now.
But the number one priority for us is to follow God’s leading, and right now He’s saying, “Wait.”
The other day I ran across Exodus 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” I think that’s God’s word for us right now: be still . . . and maybe blog a bit more.