That’s the number we have left in this beautiful home God graced us with for a short period of time in a small little town called Villa Rica, Georgia. I’ve been fairly quiet in recent months as God has been slowly making His plans known to us. But I miss writing, I miss thinking through what God is teaching me and keeping a record of all of His mighty works in our life. So, here’s a brief rundown. In March, Kevin met with the other two pastors at our church and decided that it was time to part ways. We have felt this might be coming for some time now, but as future plans were being discussed and worked out, Kevin realized he could no longer go against his conscience as his philosophy of ministry was so greatly different than the other pastors. That is not to say that one is right and one is wrong, but simply that we don’t necessarily agree with the future vision and direction of the church and felt like we would be ultimately going against the specific ways God has called and gifted us to minister if we remained a part of our current church. At the same time, God has been deeply burdening Kevin with a passion to regularly preach and through the encouragement of other pastors, prayer and time in God’s Word, the Lord has made plain that now is the time for Kevin to pursue a senior pastorate. This was Kevin’s original desire and his reason for attending seminary and it is so exciting to see God leading us to that which we knew God gifted Kevin for. But in case we needed extra affirmation, when we put our house on the market, it sold in seven days to a cash buyer! The Lord has been gracious and kind to lead and affirm us as we step out in faith and wait on Him to take us to the church He has for us.
I say “step out in faith” because as we finish up our 20 days left here, we have no job or home to go to and sweet baby Maggie will be here in roughly 11 weeks! Thankfully, family has provided temporary housing and Kevin’s resume has been sent to what seems like a gazillion churches. But the Lord has yet to show us the next step…I feel much like Abram, when God called him to leave his home but did not make clear exactly where He would eventually place him.
Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you.’ Genesis 12:1
We are fully trusting and hopeful that God will show us the “land” which we are supposed to enter and for now He calls us to wait, for “the Lord is good to those who wait for Him (Lamentations 3:25).” And in the meantime, we are filling our calendar with last visits with the precious people and families God has placed in our lives during our short stint here. Oh, and of course, we’re filling up lots of boxes! Though nothing about the timing of this transition seems ideal, I have been so genuinely encouraged by my response to God’s hand. Oh how many times have I thrown my hands up in anger or despair when God changes “our” plans or fails to work in my timeframe. But I can also see now how He has so faithfully used each of those previous circumstances to bring me to this one and to a place where I can say honestly in my soul…
The Lord is my portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me. I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; indeed my mind instructs me in the night. I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will dwell securely. Psalm 16:7-9