Faith to start over
by Leah Hadder
Moving is hard.
What is even harder? Moving when the Lord tells you to and not understanding why.
I remember the phone call. I was talking to a family member about my day and began to open up. “Lately, it seems like my friendships are ending. I don’t feel fulfilled in my current job. My church closed.” And finally, “I feel like I’m surrounded by brick walls.”
It was evident that God was telling me that one chapter in my life was about to conclude and I needed to turn the page for the next chapter to begin.
I’m an avid reader. I enjoy letting my imagination soar as I turn each page. But I can’t wait for the end. I want to see how everything connects, how it all works out. I want to read the epilogue first to find out, does the king get married? Is the princess rescued? Will the hero defeat the villain? What does the protagonist learn from the experience? Is there a Part Two?
In short, I want my life to unfold like a book and to be able to peek ahead to find out how it all turns out.
If only it worked that way.
Though I’d thrived where I had lived for ten years and was comfortable with my surroundings, I could tell that this season of life was drawing to a close and an inner voice told me it was time to move on. But there was nothing certain about how this new chapter would unfold. As the protagonist of my own story, what sort of obstacles would I face? It’s one thing to anticipate struggle and triumph in a good book, it’s another to experience them myself.
I had practical concerns. Where would I work? Would I make new friends? Where was God asking me to invest my time?
I clung to 1 Corinthians 2:9, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him” (NLT).
I decided to trust that if God had something prepared for me, then I would eventually see it.
After the move, the Lord opened doors for not one, but multiple job opportunities. I made new friends. With His guidance, I opened a successful coaching business from home. I even started a podcast that has grown to include international listeners. My life is full and rewarding.
I strongly believe that, had I not moved, some of these opportunities would not have been possible.
During that phone call two years ago, I realized that I was facing a chapter that was ending in my life. I was not sure why it was ending, but I knew that God was getting me ready for a new adventure. I decided to pack my bags with hope, step out in obedience, and walk in faith. And He has tremendously blessed me.
Throughout life, change is inevitable. Chapters begin and end – much like the unfolding of a good book. But change means that another important chapter is unfolding. Every new chapter of life, in Christ, is full of blessings, wonders, and miraculous works. God always has good things in store for us, and His love follows us everywhere we go.