This is the post excerpt.
Redirected? What does that even mean? Well, it can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people, but this is my story. Let me preface this by saying that I am a Christian. I have faith in God and am so in love with Jesus. I don’t believe that God is the source of the bad things that happen to us, I believe that Satan is. (Yes, I believe he’s real too.) But I also believe that God works all things (bad and good alike) together for good. So what does redirection mean to me? It means letting God take the plans I’ve made, toss them out the window, and put his own plans in my (usually) willing, outstretched hand.
My adulthood journey has been wrought with the unexpected. Unexpectedly being diagnosed with MS after our first year of marriage. Unexpectedly moving back to our hometown after my diagnosis and the unexpected death of my mother-in-law. Unexpectedly feeling called by God to help plant an awesome church in Valparaiso, IN (Rolling Hills Vineyard Church). Unexpectedly feeling called by God to leave said church plant to move to a new city with no explanation from God other than that’s what he was asking of us.
Every single person in this wide, wide world has struggles. Decisions to make that seem to have no right answer. Problems they’re facing that seem too big to hurdle. That’s a given; that’s life on Earth. The question is…what are we going to do about it? We can choose to fight it and get mad and shake our fists at God in frustration…OR (aren’t you glad there’s an “or”?) we can embrace the detours and let God redirect us. Even when we honestly don’t know what, why, or how. It doesn’t matter if WE understand just yet, as long as we’re letting GOD take us where he wants us. He’s the one, after all, who works all things together for good. I want to be a part of that; it’s pretty exciting, even if I don’t understand.
In upcoming posts I’ll address more of the what, why, and how that brought me to where I am today. It’s a process, that’s for sure. I’m thankful to have an amazing husband at my side as we go on this journey together. My three kids also make this whole process a lot more fun and unpredictable, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! 🙂