So, in the last few weeks there have been some crazy new developments in my life.
First, I have been feeling for the last few months that my time at my current job might be coming to and end soon. I have been feeling discontent with my job. I thought for quite a while that this was just me...meaning that sometimes when feelings of discontentment come up, they can be entirely from within and our own fleshly response to circumstances. I was praying about this whole thing just before Christmas and I was reminded of a conversation a friend of mine had with our pastor a number of years ago. This conversation struck me back then and our pastors words came back to mind. He said that sometimes discontentment is the Lord's way of saying that it is time for a change. He said that sometimes the Lord allows stuff to be stirred in you as a way of spurring that change.
The more I prayed about it, the more I became convinced that this was the case with me: change was imminent. Now, just because change is on its way, does not mean that it is coming NOW. That has been the battle I have had the last few weeks: knowing change is coming, but not knowing when. My sense was possibly things could change over the summer.
Well, it appears that the changes might be coming sooner than I expected and look different than I expected.
Our church has had a very close relationship with YWAM for a number of years, and two of the four trips I have taken abroad the last few years have been to work directly with YWAM. They are almost always keen to have folks from our church come out to their bases and help in a variety of ways....praying for people, teaching, leading DTS (discipleship training schools), and other things. They have written to us asking if we could send some teams out to Europe for 3-6 months this spring. This would entail traveling to places like Hungary, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, and England. We are in the process of gathering teams together to help YWAM out this Spring.
Meanwhile, here at the office we have been talking for a few months about me switching my administrative duties from the church over to our international ministry. This is the change that I thought would be coming for me. I thought that I would still be here in Tacoma and working on our international stuff from here and be able to take some trips now and again to various places.
However, it now appears that maybe, just maybe, I might be able to go to this European tour for at least a few months of the time.
This is going to require some major praying on my part. I am in need of huge financial provision for this to happen. And, maybe even more necessary, is someone to rent my house while I am gone. Not only would they have to rent it, they would have to rent it with a lot of my stuff still in it and with the idea that I would be coming home to live in it when the European trip is done. A tall order, but not too tall for the Lord.
Would you join me in praying for the Lord to provide, if this is His will? I believe that I am supposed to go for at least a chunk of this trip, and for that to happen, I need things to fall into place within the next month.
Blessings to you!