Follow the Call; Guest Piece

Sunday, May 17, 2015

As we crossed the California border and headed into Arizona, it hit me. We were moving across the country and there was no turning back. We were leaving it all behind, and it had been heartbreaking to say goodbye. 

We left the state we called home our entire lives, and family who had always been near.

We bid farewell to the church that brought us together, and helped our relationship with Christ soar to new heights. 

We parted ways with friends who loved us, corrected us, encouraged and supported us. 

We let go of the vision we had for the upbringing of our girls. 

We shed countless tears.

We hugged countless people. 

We prayed and prayed and prayed. 

Then, finally, it was time.

It was time to release the grip on how we thought our story should be written, say goodbye, and move forward.

We did all this not for ourselves, but to follow the calling the Lord placed on our lives. We did this because we know that obedience truly is better than sacrifice.

But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams," (‭1 Samuel‬, NLT).

You see, six months ago we received a phone call that would change everything. We were invited to be part of a church plant in Georgia, and if we accepted, we were to be present at the launch of this new ministry at the start of the calendar year. With a toddler and newborn baby, my husband and I were considering a move, but in spite of the fact that my parents and some family members lived in the area, we had already ruled out this particular location. Something had been missing, the spiritual component, and as we prayed and sought God’s guidance and direction, we knew that all the pieces of the puzzle had suddenly come together. We knew that going was the absolute right decision, but that did not make the process any easier.  

What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? (‭James‬, NLT)

There is a stark contrast between talking the faith talk, and walking the faith walk. For years, we told the Lord that we were willing vessels who only wanted to be used by Him, but when he actually had the chance to exercise that leap of faith, I found myself resisting. 

“How could this be?” I asked while on bended knee. “But we are fine right here. This is where we are comfortable!” I cried out. I do not believe I specifically asked “why?” but my spirit was yearning for some clarification. I could not wrap my mind around the thought of  God wanting me to leave strong mentors, and new mentees, and a community I was deeply connected too. What I struggled the most to comprehend was how I would cope with everything I stood to lose, especially concerning my personal relationships and the idea I had of what would be best for our girls. When I stopped the questioning and began to listen, that still, strong voice told me that it was time for me to focus on all there was to gain. 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5-6‬ NLT)

I came to realize that none of this was really about my family and I. My Abba Father, more than anyone, knows what my heart desires for the ones I love. The fight came from that internal struggle I am faced with time and time again. That need to be the one in control, even after I have said that I surrender. That need to see the next step with my earthly eyes, even though I know that nothing can compare to keeping my eyes on the promises found in God’s Holy Word.     

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (‭Matthew‬, NLT)

As we reached our final destination, on that cool winter night, everything finally made sense. We said yes to our Savior because our trust in Him is infinite. His guidance is unwavering, and His love for us is unconditional. We said yes because we are pilgrims passing through this life, and it is our reasonable service to honor Him in every decision we make. We said yes because although He first loved us, we want to display our love by being a shining light for Him. We said yes to the One who we live this life for, doing all that we can to give Him the glory he undoubtedly deserves.  

We said yes, because when God tells you to move, tells you to believe, and tells you to trust, the answer is always, always yes. 

{Photo: @hannahrosebrasseur}

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About the Author:

Patricia A. Taylor is the proud wife of an amazing godly man & mama to two precious girls. After having her first child, she realized that motherhood, like life, is a journey. Her heart’s desire is to cultivate a down-to-earth and faith-filled space where real experiences are shared, and sincere encouragement is given. Patricia invites you to join me on this faith-filled adventure!


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