I am a creature of habit.
I love comfort.
I like to think that I have everything under control.
When I married my husband, I assumed that we would live in our hometown (Asheville, NC) forever and would work the same jobs, go to the same church, and do the same things for the rest of our lives and I would have been one-hundred and ten percent OKAY with that. I am a simple woman and I love the simple life. I think we should appreciate the life God has given us, but we should also have goals and allow God to lead us wherever He wills even when we don't plan for it. Additionally, we should always strive to make our lives and selves better whether that be financially, spiritually, physically, or emotionally.
One of my favorite verses says, “A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps"(Proverbs 16:9 KJV). I have seen this verse come to light in my life so many times in my short twenty-two years here on earth that I could spend hours talking about it.
As I mentioned before, I had already planned out my life and just assumed that where I was at was the place God would keep me. Oh boy did He have different plans and how thankful I am that He did! Here is what the past three years have looked like for me and my family.
About a year ago, my husband was offered the General Manager position for the new store his company was opening in Greenville, South Carolina. I have always prayed that God will use my husband for His glory and bless his hard work and I was so excited for God to open up this door for us! We decided to make the move and I can't even begin to explain how much God has grown my faith since we made the move. We suddenly went from having friends + family twenty minutes down the road to having our family over an hour away. This is not as far as some people relocate, but it was such a stark change for both of us! I remember being a little nervous to move to a place where I knew no one, but God strengthened my faith and marriage so much through that season. In the three years we have been married, we have moved three times, added two sweet children to our family, and life has turned out completely different than what I expected. I am so thankful that God is continually throwing me curve balls and taking us on crazy, wonderful, and blessed adventures. I can't wait to see where He leads us next!
This remembrance of what God has been doing in our lives made me think about how I tend to put myself in a box, tape up the sides, and stay in the comfort of the box. I don't want change and I want to keep life simple and safe. I think that when we do this to ourselves we miss out on so much that God has in store for us. If we never get out of our comfort zone how can He use us to our full potential? So many times I have seen God open doors for me that have made me take a leap of faith out of the box to see what He had in store.
Just last year, God allowed me to work for a Christian Newspaper and I loved that job so much. I worked really hard and was successful with the company and when the newspaper decided to cease publication, I was bummed. Royally bummed. I just knew that it would be permanent. Through that transition time, God placed this blog on my heart. I have always loved writing + encouraging others and this would be a way to do that. Currently, my blog is still one of my main focuses, but God has also opened a door for me that I never would have expected. When He closed the door to the newspaper, I knew one day He would open up something even better. Just recently I saw God answer that prayer for me as He opened up a job position for me and I am now working for another media platform. It would take me forever to go into the details on how God worked that out, but I will simply say, He KNOWS best. I know that sometimes He closes doors and doesn't open up a door that looks the same, but He always does it for a reason. When the time comes to open the next door we must get out of the box, first! I am thankful He knows best!
I share my heart with you to encourage you to get out of the box you have put yourself in. If I never would have taken risks and trusted that God would open doors for me, I would have missed out on so much. I would have missed out on reaching financial goals I had for myself. I would have missed out on meeting new people and spreading God's love to them. I would have missed out on realizing the talents God has given me. I would have missed out on learning the importance of sowing and reaping the rewards of my hard work.
Maybe He is calling you to a different area of the world or He is calling you to jump out in faith and try something new He has for you. Maybe He wants you to stop doubting Him and trust that He will equip you to do whatever task it is He has for you. Maybe He wants to show you a talent you have that He has given you. It's scary to un-tape the box and climb out of it, but you must if you don't want to miss out on the things God wants to teach you and do through you. God doesn't promise that life will always be an easy ride, but growing closer to Him as He takes you on new paths is worth every second of the work and tough seasons that may come with it. Through those new paths and seasons, there will also be great times and blessings.
Get out of the box and trust God to do the rest!