The Year I Never I Expected

I recently reflected on 2011. I thought it might be interesting for you to hear my wife’s perspective. So today, for the first time, Ginger is a guest blogger.

Ginger and our son Lincoln

I can honestly say this was the year I never expected.

This year started off with Mark and I continuing to try and launch San Angelo Church. This was pretty much our life. We were going to give it our all and we just knew that 2011 was going to be the year it took off!

As I supported Mark and tried to be a sounding board for ideas, I was working full-time while keeping up with school schedules, maintaing our house, etc. We had poured our heart and souls into starting SAC and we wanted to “go down fighting”. But soon realized God had other plans!

As the decision was made to close the church, we began to wonder what was next. Mark began to look at potential jobs around the country and my first impulse was to always ask where and how much. I know that doesn’t sound very spiritual but as a family of 6 that second question was important to me. I didn’t want to have to sacrifice my time as a mom/wife if to make ends meet. It seemed we were all a little uneasy through the summer months. In August I started my school nurse job again and the kids started school as we waited to discover when or where we were going to end up. Lots of uncertainties.

Then it happened. We visited Ventura, California. Before visiting I remember thinking there was not a remote possibility that we would end up in California. I even laughed a little when we looked it up on Google Earth. California? Really? Leave Texas? Have you seen those housing prices? (Like Sarah laughed when the Angel told Abraham she was going to have a baby.)

As we finalized plans for our new life, the real work began. Packing! But one good thing about moving cross-country is you learn how to downsize. Oh the things we got rid of. Even the kids bicycles! (They were getting too small for them anyway.) We loaded the final few things on the Budget truck which was pulling a U-Haul trailer. Everything we owned was stuffed into a metal box to be unpacked somewhere in Ventura, CA.

After 3 months, we have transitioned smoothly. I got a job within 3 days, kids are settled into their new school, Mark loves his job, we love our new church family and we have a peace only God could provide.

As I reflect on this amazing year I’ve learned that even though I try to direct my life to go in a certain direction, God will always provide the right road. Sometimes His path is a surprise . . . to me.

I can’t say this year was easy but I have a certain peace that I am going down the road God prepared for me and my family and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

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5 thoughts on “The Year I Never I Expected

  1. 20+ years ago I had a similar experience as my suburban Chicago employer shut the plant down after three years. I was offered a position in the Company’s Ventura County facility and gave it a shot. Since then Adriana and I have raised three children and become part of the same wonderful church family at BFC. GOD does have a plan for each of us!!

  2. God took both our families from the Central Time Zone to the Pacific Time Zone. There’s something humbling and powerful when we get a glimpse of what God has been up to in our lives. He directs me. Wow! That truth never gets old. Thanks for sharing!

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