Our house no longer feels like home. Pictures have come off the walls, tables have been dismantled, and many boxes have been packed. Our unknown move date has pushed us to get ready sooner than anticipated.
I don’t know why I get so attached to things like houses. It might have something to do with being a stay at home mom, and a lot of my hours revolve around this place called home. When we thought we had a place to live, I found the move a lot more exciting and a lot less emotional. Lately it’s been the reverse. I’m finding it a lot less exciting and a lot more emotional.
In the midst of trial, we can question whether or not the Lord is leading us into something. When things come together easily we declare that God must really be in this for he’s allowing the pieces to fall together so well. When it gets tough, or we really have to work hard to get something, we second guess the Lord’s leading.
We were reading in 1 Thessalonians 2 and verse eighteen really jumped out and grabbed at my attention.
We wanted very much to come to you, and I, Paul, tried again and again, but Satan prevented us.
Satan prevented them. Not the Lord. The enemy.
Now I am not saying that the enemy has been preventing details from coming together in our new city. In fact, I’d almost like to keep this point completely separate from our current circumstance since it’s still unknown, but here is what I am learning in the midst of this challenge:
The enemy might be fighting us, but the Lord is definitely for us. When we encounter a road block, it isn’t always because we have taken the wrong street. As we pray to God he will give us the courage to keep going, and the creative solutions around the blockade.
We know that we know that we know we are to move to take on this youth pastor position. We know that we are being led there for “such a time as this”. It might not be all falling easily into place, but character is not built during the easy times. No, the Word says in Romans 5 that it is through our perseverance in the trials that our character is built.
In my last post, I talked about how the Lord is working things out for His glory. When I called our realtor to tell her that some things had fallen through on our end, she said to me “well someone must be up there looking out for you guys, because that house just sold.”
Our testimony is starting to be acknowledged in her eyes. If through all the dropped deals and disappointments someone sees God’s glory so clearly they fall to their knees and accept God’s gift of salvation, it will all be worth it.
sometimes it is the Lord who closes the doors, and other times the enemy is trying to stop us. If you are encountering a road block, and you feel in your heart you are where the Lord has called you, be encouraged that your perseverance through this problem will strengthen your character, and produce confident hope in your salvation. Look for specific ways that you can be giving God the maximum glory through it all.
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9