It has been hard in the past to make decisions about next steps when I don’t know how it’s all going to work out. There have been times in my life when the ‘unknowns’ created a lot of anxiety and fear.
I love reading about Abram’s (soon to be Abraham) decision-making in Genesis. First, God tells Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1.
No forwarding address on that one. Just go. I’ll tell you when to stop.
And the Bible tells us in verse 4, “So Abram went.” Wow! Abram is a good role-model here for how much he trusted God.
This is my 11th year of reading the entire Bible and it is comforting to realize how much my faith and trust in God has grown as I’ve read and applied God’s word to my life. I experienced something similar to Abram’s 2 years ago when God told me to move from Phoenix to Denver. What? I had been living in Phoenix for over 40 years and had never once thought about moving to Denver even though my daughter and her family were now living there.
I prayed about it overnight and knew that I needed to do what God was asking me to do. I have learned from experience that the only way I can expect God’s blessings in my life is to be obedient.
Then I shared what God was saying with my husband who prayed about it and the next day he said, “We need to go.” He has also learned the importance of obedience.
We heard and we went.
We put our house in Phoenix up for sale and I heard God telling me not to buy a house in Denver until we actually moved. So we moved while our house was under contract and arrived in Denver on March 17, 2020 – just as everything was shutting down because of the pandemic.
We know you’ve got this, Father God.
We were ‘homeless’ during the weeks of being sheltered in. The first house we looked at in Denver was the right size and the right price and the right place and God said ‘yes’ so we bought it – getting a great deal on it since a lot of people were backing away from buying houses because of the uncertainty.
We knew you had something good waiting for us, Father.
These last 2 years, I have continually seen God’s hand on our lives. There have been many situations – one after another – where I know God moved us to Denver ‘for such a time as this’. He had a purpose for bringing us to this new city and he had blessings lined up if we would obey.
I have discovered that it’s not so hard anymore making decisions when I don’t know how it’s all going to work out. God knows and I trust him. I don’t experience the anxiety or fear I used to have because I know God is in control and he is working it all out for my good. I just need to listen and do what he says.
Thank you for taking away my fear of the unknowns, Abba Father.