I was asked this week was it hard to move countries.
I looked at the person and without any hesitation I answered NO! The person looked at me, and I continued ‘because when you go with God you know it is going to be okay’.
There are many times when things have been hard and the sacrifices have seemed overwhelming, an example of this was within a few weeks of landing in my new country, I was told my twin sister was pregnant. The pain in that moment, of knowing that I would be missing family events, and not be there at all during the pregnancy, was at that time devastating.
In those moments, I found myself asking ‘do I regret what I have done’, and then I remember all of the words God has given me, and that I do not walk alone; I am walking in his calling for my life.
Abraham, like myself, was called out of his homeland into a place he had never been, and each step of the way God led him and provided for him. He was prepared to sacrifice many things over the years, including his son, but God always provided for him. When we walk in the calling God has given us, whether that is in a particular job, country, suburb, at home or in our community, it becomes not always easy but it becomes possible no matter how hard it may seem.
We have forgotten that we walk with God in all areas of our life.
It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8
Are you letting the thought of what God has called you to step into being too hard, that you are holding yourself back from stepping into the calling of God?
One of my favourite stories in the bible is the story of Peter walking out onto the water in Matthew 14:22-33
22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way[a] from the land,[b] beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night[c] he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind,[d]he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
There are a few things that stand out to me in this story.
- We often ask God ‘is this you? Do you want me to take this job offer? Should I move countries? Should I do this? Should I do that?’ (verse 28). Let’s be honest, as Christians we are always asking God what the plan is, where he wants to lead us. We have learnt to get advice and ask God as our Shepherd where he is leading us.
- God says yes, I am in this “come” (vs 29). So like Peter we get out of the boat, we go where God leads. We act on the calling we have from God, we go, and we find ourselves walking on water, walking in the promises of God; and it is unbelievable how the impossible becomes possible.
- The wind picks up and get it gets scary (vs 30), it wont always be easy following the call we are given. In fact there may be some very tough times, since I have moved countries there have been 4 new babies, a wedding, and two 21sts. In the last month, a very good friend of mine has passed away. I also almost never moved countries because I was so scared, I had never been in this country let alone even visited the city I was moving to. I only had 25 days to pack up my life and put it into 3 bags. It felt crazy and nuts and I was scared out of my mind, never mind that I had no idea what the health care was like in this country. With a medical condition I had no idea if I was going to survive there. It got to the point where I said ‘God, I don’t want to go. I don’t want the job, I don’t want to move’, but isn’t God amazing as that is when it gets exciting.
- Peter cried out to God “Lord save me” (vs 30) and Jesus reached out his hand and grabbed Peter, and together they got back into the boat. God will always catch us.
When God has called you into something he will always catch you, it is not in his nature to let you drown. When they got into the boat and the wind died down, I imagine that the peace in the moment they got into that boat would be like stepping into the promises of God and then they worshipped him and said truly you are the Son of God. They discovered who God was, and through that journey they saw the potential of who they could be.
So was moving countries hard? At times it was, but I went with God and God had called me, so it wasn’t hard because at the end of the day I knew I was not alone and when God calls you to something you WILL NOT FAIL!!!!
It is time that we change the way we see things, we need to stop letting fear control us, I am afraid of heights but I will go bungy jumping just to remind myself that fear has no power over me.
I walk with God, and that means I do not walk alone and no matter what I do if go with God he will always catch me. Through this whole journey, I learnt more about who I was in Him than I had in the previous 10 years.
It is time to step into our calling, and remember
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed”. Deuteronomy 31:8