Want to know what one of my biggest pet peeves is?
It's when people put up Facebook status that are vague but dramatic, such as:
“I can't believe that just happened.”
“My life will never be the same.”
“In desperate need of prayer.”
You can't believe what just happened?! Why won't your life ever be the same?! Why are you in desperate need of prayer?!
I almost can't stand Facebook for that very reason. But that's not my point.
All that to say, if we've got stuff going on in our lives, we should either share it with those who we love and trust, or not share it. You, my dear readers, I consider to be my close friends. And while that may seem weird, seeing as I wouldn't know if I saw you on the street, I still consider my readers to be a dear part of my life and I thank you for sharing in day-to-day life on the homestead.
All THAT to say, I've got something on my heart. And I'm not going to “What are we going to do?” Facebook status this either. I'm gunna tell you like it is, or as the Pioneer Woman would say, I'm going to keep it real, baby.
Alright, the “baby” part I added.
This last week, we were taken by surprise when Stuart received a phone call from a Classical Christian school in Fairhope, Alabama. He had interviewed with them just two days prior, and they were calling to offer him a full time teaching position for the 6th grade.
Are you kidding me.
I mean, sure, we had flirted with the idea that in order to secure a teaching position we may have to move. But that's different than actually having to consider it.
In fact, I was so overwhelmed, I didn't even post on Friday! Instead, I sat in my LazyBoy, nibbled on cheese, and pondered the purpose of work. It got ugly.
This next week, we should hear back on a position that we applied for locally – it is a wonderful Classical Christian School Stuart would love to be a part of.
But what if.
What if there isn't a local position open?
What if moving to Alabama is our best option for security?
What if I have to leave my family and my home?
What about my niece and nephews? And future nieces and nephews?
What if I have to actually live out confidence in the Lord's plan that I speak of so easily?
It's less scary for Stuart, in that he knows what it's like to live away from his family (we live in Washington, they all live down South). But the furthest I've ever lived away was during college – and that was still in-state. This town is my home – I know it's seasons, it's secrets, and it's smells. It's wonderful.
As we've prepared for this inevitable difficult time in our lives, our constant prayer has been that the Lord would lead us where He sees fit. You see, the Lord doesn't always call us to be comfortable – He does, however, always call us to be faithful.
And if the Lord has prepared a wonderful place for Stuart to be used as a tool to train His children, who are we to say no?
Of course, there is still the possibility that the Lord chooses to use Stuart here.
I suppose we shall know soon enough.
Until then, I'll sit here, sip my kombucha and eat my mug full of egg-roll filling (don't ask).
Dear readers, my family greatly covets your prayers during this time. I know each of us has faced difficulty and uncertainty in our lives – we can find great comfort in the fact that the Lord works good in the lives of those whom He loves.
My prayer is that the Lord would open and close doors according to His purpose for our lives.
And that we would receive a peace, that surpasses all understanding, as we live out that purpose.