Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. – Proverbs 19:21
One year ago Kimber and I moved from our house on a military base to a house in the city. We lived on base for our first 2 years in Hawaii. We loved it – we had great neighbors, a wonderful house, and great amenities – my commute home was 5 minutes instead of 50. We were happy. And we were comfortable.
During those first 2 years we served in our Chapel on base, helped with the Youth Group, started our nursing home ministry, and helped with worship at several churches around the island.
The longer we lived in Hawaii the more we connected with the local community. We were spending more and more time heading off base to visit friends and volunteer. One challenge we had on base was opening our house to our non-military friends. As much as we wanted to deepen our relationships with our local friends, it was a major logistical hurdle trying to bring civilians on base. Our ministry potential had hit a roadblock. Eventually we started talking about moving off base. We talked about how nice it would be to live closer to the city. We talked about how we would be able to use our house for Bible study and host friends. But that’s all it was – talk. A nice daydream for us. Because we were comfortable. A big change like packing up our house and moving across the island would upturn our whole lives. It would be a challenge – mentally, physically, and emotionally. So we continued to talk, and went on living our lives.
We both felt like this was God’s call on our lives, that He wanted us connected with the local community. We were stalling, but God wanted us to keep moving forward in our lives. He had a purpose and we had potential. Valentine’s Day 2016 we got a call from housing – we had a choice: give up one of our dogs, or move off base.
We were definitely upset at first, we felt like we were being forced to act, because that’s exactly what was happening. What would we choose – comfort or calling.
We spent the night in prayer and reflection. The next day Kimber and I both had a sense of clarity. Although it would be a huge change for us, we both new this was the spark that would get us off base and into the community. No longer was it talk, now it was action.
As we started searching for a place to live we watched as God opened door after door. We saw the Father leading us, blessing us, and found comfort in His presence. Despite the challenges we faced, we knew that because we were following God’s calling, it would all work out for the best.
Looking back on it a year later it’s amazing to see the path God laid out for us. Sometimes we want God to give us all the answers for our future – but if God told me 1 year ago I’d be living in Honolulu with my house used as a ministry outreach center I’d be incredulous. If God told me 4 years ago I’d leave Texas and get married and live in Hawaii – I’d be in disbelief. Yet that IS the path God set before me.
I’m floored by how loving the Father is to His children.
I’m excited to see how God continues to use Kimber and I to spread the Gospel.
I’m encouraged to look back on this past year knowing that as hard as the move was, as much as we struggled through anger and sorrow and every other emotion dealing with the challenges of life – God was there the whole time, and is still by my side.
God called us out in two significant ways. He called us out of our comfort zone and into the community. He also called us out in the sense of calling our bluff of wanting to move.
I’ve heard Faith described as : Faith = Trust + Obedience
The book of James in the New Testament puts it this way:
Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. – James 2:18
Faith requires action, not just talk. God will call you out. He will call you to action. Are you prepared to follow Him?
Michael is a servant of Jesus Christ and is currently an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He is a techy by trade, but a worshiper at heart. He founded Armed to Worship with his wife, Kimber, to equip the world for worship.
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Air Force, Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.