May 2014 was a swirling mix of emotions for our family. Our home, heart and conversations were filled with excited and nervous energy. After a year of searching for God’s next step in our lives, we had finally received the invitation to GO. We were excitedly preparing for a new adventure. There was also a growing list of people we had to say good-bye to: people, who had invested in us, loved us and become dear friends. May was a swirling mix of emotions.
Twelve months ago we officially let the world and our church know that we were relocating to St. Charles, Missouri to plant a brand new church. There were many preparations to make and many steps to take; but we were certain of what God had called us to do and where he was sending us.
Then, the timer started. The last Sunday at our current post was set for 7.27.2014. From that day in May, we knew just how many days we had left: Days to enjoy friends, days until our next adventure, days in a familiar land, days until we needed to figure out how to plant a church, days to pack up, days to find a place to live, days left of a paycheck, days left to find a new job, days of security, days until the unknown. Days that were a swirling mix of emotions.
In Mark 4:35 Jesus tells his disciples “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” And so they got in the boat and went, without knowing why Jesus wanted them to go to the other side or what they would find when they got there; knowing only that Jesus had said ‘let’s go’. This scripture felt like our life last spring. There was so much we did not know, but of Jesus call on our heart and His hand on our path, we were sure.