As I reflect over the last 8 years or so (well really the last 30) I see how God has orchestrated my every footstep. God has been ordering my steps long before I tried to guide my life out of my own “wisdom.” The end of this month will mark three years ago that my wife and I stepped out of the boat on to open water, with a few people who are now my closest friends and I would take a bullet for. We left our consistent and steady jobs, and moved back to our home town to help start at that time what was going to be an institutional church and be in ministry. For just over 2 years we operated as an institutional church, until God moved us in a different direction. But, that is another story for another day.
The decision to jump…
We gave away most of our belongings, quit our jobs, and headed “home.” We had no job or means to provide an income. We knew what our skill set was…personal training. It was what we had done for years in Austin. We had borrowed money from family to purchase our equipment, but after months of looking had no place to actually open a business! On paper this decision just didn’t make sense.
While we were prepping our departure from our comfortable lives and stepping out onto “open water,” all of our clients continually asked us, “What’s your plan B if this doesn’t work out?” Our response? “We don’t have a plan B!” We were fully trusting that God was calling us back to the panhandle, and that He and He alone was going to sustain us. And He did and has continued to do so.
As we have been here our gym/personal training studio has flourished beyond what we could have ever imagined. Paul was a tent maker to support himself through his ministry so as not to be a burden upon those he was ministering to. Personal training and coaching is our tent making profession. Through all of the calculations and figurings nothing about the decision we made made any sense, we trusted God to take care of us. Being a trainer and coach has opened more doors for me to minister to people than I could have ever thought it would. I get the opportunity to speak into people’s lives, counsel them with a Biblical Godly perspective, pray over them or their family, cry with them when they need a shoulder to cry on, push them beyond their limits to be greater than even they thought they could be, and so much more. This “tent-making” business puts me in the trenches of real life with the people I get to minister to. This is our ministry, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
A few Biblical examples…
I am reminded of Abraham. God told him that he would be a father to many nations, and Abraham took it upon himself to try and fulfill God’s promise and he screwed it up! BUT it was around 14 years after the original promise was made that God finally fulfilled what he said he would do. God’s timing doesn’t make sense to us!
I also think of Peter. Why would anyone in their right mind think of climbing out of a boat in the middle of a storm? Because he knew he could trust the voice of the one calling him. It makes absolutely zero sense to think of trying to walk on water, much less in the middle of a storm. But Peter tried it anyway because he trusted God, even when it didnt make sense.
By the laws of nature Abraham and Sarah should not have even been able to think about having a child at their age. But Abraham, trusted God even when it didnt make sense. And even when Abraham tried to make it make sense by himself, God remained faithful to HIS promise. And by the laws of gravity and physics, Peter should have sank like a rock! But, he trusted God even when it didnt make sense.
So friends do not be discourage or disheartened when life does not make sense. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths (or he will make your paths straight).” Pr. 3:5,6