In 2004, my husband and I took a huge step of faith. We moved to Delaware to support our pastor in planting a church. Scott and I were newlyweds, and we had just bought a home. Yet we felt God speaking to us and so, in obedience to God and in support of our pastor--we sold our home, quit our jobs, rented a U-Haul and headed down I-95 South from New Jersey to Delaware. Both of us New Jersey natives, we left behind all that was familiar and comfortable--including our families. Albeit, a mere 2.5 hour drive--it was a move that felt transcontinental. Nothing was familiar.
We found ourselves in the rather small, rural town of Smyrna, nestled between Wilmington and Dover. It was quiet, beautiful, and picturesque. Yet alarmingly unfamiliar. I found myself missing the familiar and the convenient. I missed Target, the mall, Philly cheesesteaks, and WaWa tuna hoagies. I missed my family and friends. Yet, I knew my husband and I were in the perfect will of God, because we took a step of faith and chose to obey God's voice.
We left our comfort zone, to go into the unknown, as Abram did in Genesis 12. Isn't that what faith is all about--trusting God with what we cannot see? Abram did not know where he was going; but God knew. Similarly, Scott and I did not have a calculated 5 step plan of action. Sounds risky right? Maybe even foolish to some. Well, God uses the foolish things to confound the wise (I Corinthians 1:27)!
Ultimately Abram's future was locked in his obedience. God changed Abram's name and he became Abraham, "father of a multitude". Had he not obeyed God's voice and left all that was familiar, he would have forfeited his destiny. For Scott and I our move to Delaware was a part of our journey. There were wonderful highs, two of which were the births of our daughters--Abigail and Zoe', and dreadful lows, yet the solace was in knowing that God was with us. Highs and lows are part of the journey to destiny.
What do you sense God is calling you to do? What comfort zone are you unwilling to leave? Are you willing to trust God and take him at his word--knowing that all things are working together for good (Romans 8:28)? Make a decision to take a step outside your comfort zone. With each step God will give instruction, send help, and make provision. It's your move!