On Wednesday, May 18th, Courtney and I stepped out in faith and I resigned a position I had held for just under 2 years. We knew that God was moving us somewhere new, but we did not know where that would be. It was a scary thought, but it was also an invigorating one. As my father in law said, “It’s better to be unemployed and in the center of God’s will than anywhere else.” We wanted to let God write the script and we were ready to go wherever He called us next. I am beyond excited to say that today was my first day in a brand new position at West Ridge Church in Dallas, GA. God’s timing and His provision was nothing short of mind-blowing. So, as a testament of God’s work in our lives I wanted to share how this all came about.
On Thursday afternoon, May 19th, I got a phone call from a friend telling me about a Married Groups Director position they had open. When he asked me if I would be interested, my first response was to laugh (as was my wife’s when I told her) and tell him that I didn’t even know if I would be qualified for that since I had absolutley no groups experience.
This reminds me of when God told Abraham and Sarah they were going to have a son in their old age: their response was laughter. (Genesis 17:17 & 18:12) They did not see how something that had proven to be physically impossible could be accomplished, but God fulfilled his promise in spite of their laughter and doubt.
In my 10 years of ministry, I have always relied heavily on my abilities (playing guitar and singing) but this position is one that will stretch me and grow me. It will cause me to rely more fully on God to help me and sustain me, rather than relying on myself. I feel like I am in a really great place: I must lean on the Holy Spirit, and the great pastors and leaders He has placed around me. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. It is humbling and thrilling.
This position is extremely different than anything I have done before and Courtney and I are excited about that! God’s timing could not have been more perfect. We have prayed daily that God would open the one right door for our family and He did just that! All credit goes to Jesus for providing this new role for us. We are so blessed to be a part of West Ridge Church.
I cannot thank those who have prayed for us enough! The countless texts, calls, and messages were always comforting and came just when we needed them the most. (Like when I had times of thinking, “what are we doing?”) Prayer really does work. I can say with 100% honesty and full belief that God answers prayer. He is always working and He is ALWAYS faithful. God is sovereign. We didn’t know where we were headed, but God knew and He was going before us! We wanted to seek God and His will alone because in the end that is all that will ever matter.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10