Yesterday, I shared a bit of startling news with my husband. Since I’ve already communicated it to him, it’s okay to tell you. My dog, Lily, and I are moving to California over Labor Day weekend. (Don’t worry; I’m not leaving Richard behind. He has some projects to complete, but he’ll soon join me.)
Mind you, at this time, I have no house to move to, no movers set up, absolutely no concrete plans in place. But it has been my dream to live in southern California for years now. Recently, I realized that living with one foot in one area of the country and the other foot in a totally different area was causing me deep mental anguish.
In the past few weeks, I’ve kept asking myself, “Do I take this step? Am I moving before the Lord or am I confident that this is God’s will and He’ll make extraordinary things happen?” Those questions have kept me up at night.
Then I think about Proverbs 19:21, which offers this piece of wisdom: You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.
After prayer and conferring with wise counsel, we can move forward with confidence. Even if our first step is imperfect, perhaps not even in the right direction, God will align us with His purpose by the end.
Here’s what I’ve learned that is propelling me forward…
You can’t redirect someone who is standing still.
Yes, there are a multitude of reasons for staying, mostly my dear friends who I will sorely miss. But this is more about a season of going, of stepping out, realizing that my heart is restless and my feet are ready. I can move forward without fear.
I firmly believe that God is with me, for me, behind me and ahead of me. And even if I lose my way for a bit, grow weary or don’t even know which direction to take, His purpose will prevail. Whatever happens, California or not, I take comfort in the fact that God is still in control.
So, if you have a dream, if you are in a restless heart, ready feet season, if you prayed about your future and sought the wisdom of godly counsel, then take that first step of courage. Move ahead.
And know that God’s love supports you on your journey.