But it's actually really simple if you get right down to it.
God told us we needed to move to North Carolina.
I imagine I'll go into that more later on. It's all so beautifully personal and complex though.
We prayed about it for three whole years, eventually knowing it would happen.
Then we said yes in May once we had confirmation as a couple the timing was right.
We then listed our house two weeks later, after prepping all winter just in case we should be selling it come summertime.
One day later it sold.
That was six weeks ago.
It's been the fastest six weeks of our lives.
We're shocked. Sad. Excited. Thrilled to be walking into the unknown knowing the Lord is our stay. And a bazillion other things. This move conjures up so many emotions.
For three years I've been asking God if He is really wanting us to leave.
Why would we leave? I don't want to leave. It'd be nuts to leave our parents, our church, these amazing friends, this amazing place. Plus this: THERE ARE 10 OF US TO MOVE.
But slowly, He changed our hearts to match His on the matter. And now we can't imagine not leaving even though we have no idea what we're stepping into.
Jeremy was born and raised here, and has never lived anywhere else in his 40 years.
I moved to Alaska as a kid from Washington state, and have lived here 30 years.
This is all our kids have ever known.
This is HOME.
But as the years have gone by, we've loosened our grip on our earthly home, as hard as that is. And we've begun to embrace our future home, the unshakeable kingdom of our Lord and King, Jesus.
This verse has impacted us deeply. In fact, this is the very verse that solidified it for both Jeremy and I, completely separate of each other.
The cities and places we live are temporary. But what isn't fading away is God's kingdom. Our family is being called away from our current place because God has a mission for us, but we don't yet know what that will look like, or what exactly He'll have us doing.
As Jeremy said right as we made our final decision, "I'm not willing to sit back, comfortable right here, if God has a plan for us there to help lead others into His kingdom."
People get it when you say, "Hey, guess what? We've moving to Africa as missionaries!"
No one balks. No one questions. Well, of course they do, but only on the internet, right? Did I just say that?
We know what this means, and we're familiar with how God calls in this way.
We get squirmy when a calling is more ambiguous.
We feel a bit (a lot) like Abraham gathering all his people up, and blindly going where God was leading him, not knowing what the future holds.
We do know one thing amidst the massive amount of unknowns right now, and that is that we serve a trustworthy Savior who will continue to lead and guide and hold us as we walk toward Him all the way to North Carolina and her hot, sticky summers.
And so we close this twelve year-long chapter in this glorious spot in this beloved home in just two weeks.