Last week in Sunday School, we were talking about the faithfulness of God. One of the key things that stood out to me was that when we are looking at what God does we are on a roller coaster, because the things that are happening to us and around us don't always make sense. But when we focus on who He is, we are on an even keel, so to speak, and the waves crashing around us don't worry us so much.
My husband and I had been discussing our future and we were both feeling rather bleak about it. He desires to be in full-time ministry, which means that it is his job rather than a side thing. There were tears and long conversations about this because we haven't seen God leading us into full time ministry. Yes, we believe that's what He wants of our family, but we didn't see any direction.
So I shared this with my Mom-time prayer group and my Sunday school class. On Monday, out of the blue, we recieved an e-mail from a close friend telling us of a need in Kansas. He and his family are missionaries, but his home church needs a pastor. He was letting us know so that we could pray about applying for the position.
My husband and I both felt the same way that God was leading us in this direction. After a night of thinking about it, we both saw all the ways God was using us here and how much we had to do if we were called to this ministry. It was an eye-opener for us because we realized that God was using us even though it didn't look like it to us.
Whether or not we move to Kansas, is still up in the air. But God is showing us that the process is very valuable, maybe even more than the destination. We get so caught up in figuring out what our future is, that we forget that the "getting there" is also a valuable time of learning.