Three short weeks from yesterday, Alison and our kids will be flying to Phoenix. Three short weeks from today, my father-in-law and I will follow them, he in a moving van pulling Ali’s car and me driving in mine. We will leave before the sun rises over Silicon Valley and arrive after it has set in the Valley of the Sun.
“Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief.” – C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
Already at the start of this new adventure, my faith and my beliefs are the target of gentle prodding. Even in moments when I struggle, I believe the gospel of Jesus has given me the freedom to both wrestle and persevere. That freedom doesn’t make the wrestling any less real or affective. That is why I feel blessed to know that we have a community around us who want to help, both in God’s name and not.
As we have shared our thoughts about this next season in our lives, Alison and I have been approached over and over again by our community about how they can help. Every night, she and I have talked and prayed about how to best answer this question. Today, we felt like it was time to share the two most important things we believe are crucial to the success of our new adventure.
1. Would you consider praying with us and for us?
Our Scriptures tell us that because of the life and the work of Jesus on the cross, we can, and should, draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Heb 4v16). We know that the next five years will push us constantly to a place where we will need both. It already has. We want to hold firmly to his promise and we believe that God will give us the mercy and grace during that time to sustain us through those times. He already has. Would you be willing to pray with us? Specifically, we are asking for wisdom in future decisions, for work opportunities for Tony, for freedom from worry, for focus, endurance and hope.
2. Would you consider partnering with us financially?
We know that we cannot make this transition alone. When we look at it through the lens of what we are capable of doing it becomes easy for us to think about what we cannot do and stop there. But recently, we have been encouraged by friends to focus on what we can do. So now we’ll start there instead. While our ideal is for me to work part-time once we get to Phoenix, we’re going to do whatever it takes to make this schooling happen. Finding a job will be one of my main priorities. Taking care of my family remains a priority.
In the meantime, we are planning on selling nearly everything we can in the next three weeks to follow God’s call on our lives.. We will be having two large garage / moving sales on March 15 (7:00 am – 12:00 pm) and March 22 (6:00 am – 10:00 am). We will put stuff up on Craigslist. We will sell cookies, cupcakes, and muffins. Our goal is to raise $15,000.00. This will be enough to cover my program for the next two years as well as provide a small buffer in April as I look for part-time work.
This amount sounds like a lot and it looks crazy to see it written out but we’re excited about trying to make it happen. We have already raised $500.00 and our belief is that God has called us to this mission and so God will provide. We’ve even started a GroupFundMe account to help with all of our selling and fundraising. Will you help us get the word out and consider financially partnering with us?
Frayed and Fragmented Threads
It is easy for me to write and talk about what I believe to be a sound theology concerning the sovereignty of God, about what it looks like for God to be a good and just King over everything in this world. It’s easy to say that Jesus is with me so long as I’m merely using that position to spout out niceties during a time of provision.
“It is easy to say you believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to cord a box. But suppose you had to hang by that rope over a precipice. Wouldn’t you then first discover how much you really trusted it?” – C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed
Now that I am leading my family into the unknown with nothing but the voice of God calling out to me, there are times that I feel like the rope is being undone to reveal, beneath the fragmented, torn, and frayed pieces, the thread that is my faith. But I suppose that is the point. Only a real risks test the reality of a belief. If that thread is Jesus, what else do I need?
We are preparing ourselves to test the reality of our beliefs. Will you join us?