Five years ago God moved us from Korea to Maryland. I was 7 months pregnant and wondering what was in store. No house, no church family, and only a couple friends. We were praying that God would provide for us. We were praying that we would be able to make it to 2 years before we were moved back to Korea. I remember the ache and longing for deep meaningful relationships. The community we left in Korea was like family to us. It's like that overseas. We ate dinner together, took trips together. Now back stateside, the reality of "you do your thing and I'll do mine, we can just live next to each other but not get too involved"was so HARD! I couldn't wait for Z to change careers and move back near family.
Looking back over the past 5 years I can't believe the way He has blessed us! The ways we were able to get involved with His work here in MD. The ways He grew our family. Who knew that in 5 years we have grown from 2 to 5! And the family we have found here in our friends. The holidays we spend away from our blood relatives have been filled with the company of the people who answered my prayers and sought to build deep meaningful relationships with us- all of us. They have loved on Z and I and our kids. We have grown and been blessed.
After 5 years of living in the north, still feeling called to this same career, we have orders to head south. This summer we will embark on a new adventure in the lone star state. I have to admit, I am SAD. Leaving our church and friends here is going to be difficult. Moving with kids across the country seems overwhelming to me right now. How will I explain that the only place they have ever lived is no longer their home? That they can't go over to their friend's house. That the C's wont be coming for dinner tonight, even though it's Tuesday and we always have dinner with them on Tuesdays. It BREAKS my heart! Is there a church in TX for us? Are their friends there that will become family? Where will we live? Why is there NOTHING near our new city? (seriously- the closest city is 1.5 hours away)
The answer to all those questions is easy. God will provide. He has proven himself to us OVER and OVER. Why do I doubt he will do that again? So I have peace. Glorious peace about this move. When I think about how he has kept us here for 5 years (when we were not promised more than 18 months) is just shy of amazing. He kept us here so I would have support while Z was gone. He kept us here so we would see the #2 eye surgeon in the country pertaining to Se's eye condition (is it a shock that we got orders right after her surgery and that she doesn't need another one?). He kept us here so we would have the amazing opportunity to witness and be involved in a church plant. HE kept us here. And now HE is moving us. I am sad to leave, but so excited to see what is in store for us in the south. God is good all the time! Even in the desert!
Watch out Lone Star State! You are about to be invaded.
Our kids do not know about the move yet. Please speak with care in their presence. We are waiting till closer to the big move to save them from undue stress.