As most of you know, and as I mentioned in a recent blog, this past March, Ron and I made a considerably big move. It all began when we had gotten rid of our property and had begun the search for our new home. I clearly remember us driving around one day when Ron said, “You know what I think we should do? I think we should go somewhere brand new. How would you feel about that?” My exact reply was, “I’ll go wherever you want to go. I’d follow you anywhere.” “Anywhere” turned out to be a house on 6 acres in Boyle County, Kentucky – more specifically between Perryville and Danville.
There were many reasons why we chose Boyle County. We’d traveled through this area countless times since it’s in the center of the state. Thus, moving here would allow us to be centrally located, which would make our travel with The Woody Series easier and would put us in a more rural setting - which we prefer. Without a doubt, the move has proven to be the best decision we could have made.
Through the move, we have learned – and continue to learn – several lessons.
GOD WANTS US TO TAKE RISKS AND HAVE ADVENTURES.
Don’t misunderstand – routines are a good thing. Although we are still meeting new people and learning new things each day, we have fallen in somewhat of a routine. One of those routines is eating dinner with our friends and neighbors every Friday night at the local café in Perryville, which happens to be inside a gas station, by the way. But that's a new adventure in itself!
You see, God has equipped with a desire to learn – to meet new people and participate in new activities. He gives us opportunities to say yes to things. Many times, we want to come up with excuses on why we should play it safe. We’re afraid that taking a risk will result in failure and disappointment, but many times the risk results in the biggest blessing. Look at what Solomon says in Ecclesiastes.
Follow the impulses of your heart.
If something looks good to you, pursue it.
But know also that not just anything goes;
You have to answer to God for every last bit of it.
Ecclesiastes 11:9 (The Message)
It’s okay to pursue our desires and follow our hearts as long as it is honoring to God. Even if the risk results in a failure, there will be lessons to learn.
THERE IS BEAUTY ALL AROUND.
One of the reasons we chose this area is because we had always been in awe of its beauty, but make no mistake, there is beauty everywhere. Why? Because God created this world and in it He made all things beautiful. He wants us to recognize it and enjoy it.
O Lord, what a variety of things you have made!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your creatures.
Psalm 104:24 (NLT)
He’s made a variety! Animals, sunsets, mountains, storms. So whether it’s looking at a horizon filled with skyscrapers or a valley filled with horses, we must recognize God has given us this earth – and all things in it – to enjoy and oversee.
GOD PUTS US IN CERTAIN PLACES AND TIME FOR A PURPOSE.
From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. – Acts 17:26 (NIV)
That verse confirms that God has appointed our time and place on earth. Although we may not know why God has chosen us to be here at this time, we know He has a plan. What we are sure of however, is that we have the opportunity to spread His message to others. As we meet new people and make friends, we have countless occasions to show them His love. To do this effectively, we must immerse ourselves in the community.
Since the end of March, we have commuted back to OCC for church each week. Since Ron and I travel for The Woody Series, we didn’t anticipate the commute would be a big deal. However, the 3-hour round trip slowly began to take a toll. More importantly however, we felt convicted to be in church with the people in our community. Therefore, beginning the first Sunday in September, we will start the process of finding a church in the Danville area. And this brings me to my final point:
SAYING GOODBYE IS TOUGH.
Charlie Brown said it best when he said, “Saying goodbye makes my throat hurt.” I can’t begin to express how much we have cherished our time at Okolona Christian. I particularly have been so fortunate to be a part of the Cultivate Team. Whether it’s been playing keys or writing blogs, I’ve enjoyed it, grown from it, and have been immensely blessed. Although the time is coming where we may not see each other on a regular basis, one thing is certain – we are thankful for each of you. We are all part of God's family - brothers and sisters in Christ, with one Father. Besides, as a family in Christ, goodbyes are never permanent - only temporary. Thank you for being our family and for loving us and blessing us. We are eternally grateful.