Friday, June 19, 2009

Beware the Big Fish

As I write this, I am almost in tears. It has finally hit me that we are leaving this coming Tuesday to PERMANENTLY move to Michigan. I knew it was coming, but I don't think the reality of it really set in until today when our buyer's agent called and asked "Thursday or Friday?" for our closing day and I started running around packing last minute things, making a reservation for a moving truck and making lists of things that had to be completed before we blast off. I was so relieved and refreshed when I looked over at my daily devotional on my blog and it had this wonderful scripture for me.

Jonah 1:1-3 NIV: "The word of the LORD came to Jonah´Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.´ But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish."
Jonah learned the hard way what happens when a child of God does not yield to the will of God. In our lives as believers, it is probable that God is going to lead us in a direction we did not expect, or lead us to do a work we would never have chosen to do. And within that moment, we (like Jonah) have a choice: we can be obedient to God´s will, thus allowing God to work through us as He wishes; or we can run from God´s will and, essentially, be miserable. It is not God´s intention to make you miserable. But rest assured that since we are His, and since we have a purpose of God´s desire, we must function accordingly if we are to have peace. The benefits far outweigh the costs. Letting go of what we think or want is difficult, but necessary, if God is to complete His perfect work in us. Anything else is like kicking "against the goads." The best thing we can do is simply follow His way, and stop trying to force our will above His.

I am still always amazed at how God always has just the right message for me at the right time. I know that God has great plans for our family there and that these next four years are going to be a wonderful adventure as long as we remember to rely on Him. I'm sure post-pregnancy hormones are playing a big part of this too, but all the unknown is sometimes overwhelming. Please keep our family in your prayers during this next week with our closing, new car, traveling, remodeling, and settling in all comes to fruition! I hope you all have a great week!


  1. Big Fish is's, no doubt, a lot to take in all at once, especially when you're moving SO far away, with a new baby. But God will be right there--when you need him....things are going to be great!

    Praying for you and your family as you make this new and exciting transition.

  2. We are praying for you - it is a big transition and I wish it weren't SO far away! But you will do fine and "bloom where you are planted"... :-)

  3. Talk about good timing with that one. Coincidence? I think not.

    I can't help but to think of the Veggie Tales movie when Jonah's story comes up. :)

    Be safe!

  4. I hope MI is treating you right! That is a lot to deal with at once!

  5. Knock, knock - Lex. Are you home? I've been thinking about you.

  6. I was thinking about you and wanted to say hi! Hope things are going well for you guys. You are in my thoughts and prayers.