Here's what I know . . . I've been praying about this time, the perfect job for Josh, for two years now.
And we've got this tidy little plan--Josh finds something within commuting distance of where we currently live (we were giving him up to an hour commute), we keep renting, and then the summer of 2012 we start looking for a house. It's a good plan. A plan that enables our life to stay predictable, keep family and conveniences and church and violin teachers (and Hobby Lobby and libraries--you know, the important stuff) ;o) all easily accessible.
But a few days ago it hit me--
1) God has the perfect plan, will I trust Him or will I interfere (as in "No, Josh don't apply there . . . that's more than an hour away!!!")?
2) I was looking at all these little towns wondering what they could possibly offer my family, how would my life be inconvenienced, instead of wondering how could God use me--my family in a small little town somewhere.
3) It's easy to "pad" our lives, but when we step out of our comfort zones we get to see God better at work and we learn to rely more on Him--instead of patting ourselves on the back for a well-played strategic move.
Proverbs 16:9--The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.
And so Josh is going to apply for jobs all over. We'll see what God does. I'm going to try my hardest to not worry about all the stuff I want to worry about and just "go with the flow"--a hard thing indeed for someone who is a perpetual planner. And I humbly request your prayer too, that God would go before and we would be sensitive to where He would lead us. Most of all that Josh would JUST FIND A JOB. A teacher in his Saturday class was commenting on what slim-pickings it was this year. Obviously we have no idea what a "good hiring year" would look like, but we would really like this year to be such a year. ;o) In the meantime, it looks like I'll be getting my "trusting muscles" in better shape, which I know from past experiences is not my most favorite kind of exercise. ;o) I'm just thankful I have a God in charge who does not make mistakes. That definitely takes the pressure off of us! We'll wait and see what he does . . .