Around this time last year my wife Emily and I felt like God began calling us to step out in faith in a way that would force us to say goodbye to the church family and friends with whom we had spent the better part of the last decade. To where and what we had no clue, so naturally we felt scared. We were scared of leaving what was familiar – scared of going to where God might be calling us – and probably most scared of the possibility of unemployment. We felt sure of nothing, so a friend reminded me of God’s promise in Philippians 4:6-7.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds.
So we prayed, we followed God’s call in obedience, and it happened. What exactly? All of it. Leaving was every bit as tough as we expected. We said goodbye to a great preschool, a great house, and better friends to find ourselves thousands of miles away, sharing a room with our daughter in my parents’ house. We faced rejection in ways we did not understand and went without a regular job and steady income for four and a half months. We came face to face with every fear we had imagined the process would bring and somehow, in the midst of all of it, the Scripture above became real to us. We had peace that we could not explain. We maintained confidence in God’s call on our lives that made less and less sense to us with each passing day. Most importantly, we grew to trust in God’s provision and presence in our lives in a way that years of formal education and church leadership have never prompted. It was the toughest season we have ever known as a couple, and for it we could not be more grateful.
Why am I telling you all of this? Because my presence with you at Legacy is living proof that God is faithful. Following God is tough and may cost more than you feel you have to give. But the peace of His presence and truth of His promise is worth every moment your struggle may bring.
Posted by Worship & Communications Pastor, Dustin Chappell