So today is pretty significant on our list of “big days”. Matthew is finishing up his last day of carpentry employment and then we turn the page and look at a huge blank sheet of paper. Let me back up a bit. For many years we’ve known that carpentry was just a means to an end, or at least a paycheck. It has been a blessing, but we’ve recently felt the whispers of the Holy Spirit telling us to step out of the boat. Leap off the cliff. Cross that bridge that we can’t see but know is there. You get the picture. It’s not an easy task, but God never told us we wouldn’t feel afraid, He just said to be strong and courageous. He said that He will never leave us. He said that He’s completely trustworthy and knows the days of our book before any pages were even written. He is a mighty refuge and a strong tower; we run to Him and are safe. When all of those things are true (and they are!) we have nothing to fear, though I’ve already felt twinges of it creeping into my heart and mind when I don’t let the peace of God stand guard against it.
After today, what is our plan? We can tell you roughly, but in reality our steps are ordered by God, so our lives are really like blank slates waiting for Him to fill in the details. Matthew will be pursuing His life-long dream of teaching the Bible and doing pastoral work. He will be hanging out with the fabulous pastors at our own local church, studying on his own, and teaching in the future. He also wants to pursue becoming a personal trainer, so he will be studying intensely for the next couple of weeks to take a test to become certified. His two passions of sports and people were perfectly meshed together on Sunday. He came home from “checking out” a soccer game in town with a huge smile on his face and a soccer uniform in his hand. For the next couple of months he will be playing for Mexico and polishing his Spanish skills alongside his soccer skills!
So, as far as the how and when our future will “fall into place”, we wait on the Lord to direct our steps to the right people, the right circumstances, and the perfect things he has in store for us to do and experience. We live in the now. I love the lyrics to this Michael Card song:
There is a joy in the journey
There’s a light we can love on the way
There is a wonder and wildness to life
And freedom for those who obey.