Five years ago my husband and I made a life altering decision. We were living in North Carolina at the time, and though neither of us were natives to the state, it felt like home. We were practically newlyweds when we moved there, and in just a brief six years, we settled in and started our family. We never expected to leave the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Back country adventures were a significant part of our lives there, reminding us of our roots. How could we leave it all? Not to mention the relationships God blessed us with along the way.
God can move mountains though, in the most unexpected ways.
After making a trip to Florida in the spring, the Spirit began to work in each of our hearts. It was undoubtedly the prompting of the Spirit because a move to Florida never crossed our minds before then. For weeks we prayed for discernment and guidance. It was a significant decision for us, pulling us away from every familiarity and leading us into the unknown.
There were many questions running through our minds, all the “what ifs” and “hows” you can imagine. Despite our limited understanding, God knew exactly how the complex details would unfold. Throughout the long process, we consistently sought him for help.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”
Five years later, we can say with certainty that God will give wisdom to those who ask. During these times though, especially in the period of asking and waiting, there are truths we must remember:
We must cling to God more than our emotions. He is perfect in knowledge, (Job 37:16). We can trust him to uphold his promises.
God's timing is different than our own, (2 Peter 3:8). In our limited understanding, we often think the provision of wisdom is the final destination. Acts 17:26-27 tells us we were made to seek him, so we should joyfully seek him as we wait.
When we ask God for wisdom, we need to be seeking it out in his Word, (Psalm 25:5).
Looking back, God's guidance was evident in every detail of our move. In the journey of asking and waiting though, there were moments of discouragement. Our faith was challenged because God never gave us all the wisdom we needed right at the beginning. Rather, it was a long process of continually seeking him. He gave us what we needed for each moment. In the process, we came to know more of the One who is perfect in knowledge, the only wise God, (Romans 16:27).
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