What’s next? It’s a question we were asked a bunch during the 5 weeks we were visiting Colorado. And with our visas expiring in about a year from now, we have been asking ourselves the same question (a lot!). What’s next? Do we extend our visas and commit to another term in Cape Town? Or do we return ‘home’? Truth be told, there are great advantages and great losses with either option.
The short answer: we don’t know.
The long answer: we don’t know, BUT we DO know that we are called to be obedient. Obedience. This is the word we have heard spoken over our family over and over again as we’ve been seeking direction.
As a parent I expect my kids to be obedient. When I ask them to do something, I trust they will do it. They show me (and my husband) respect and love through their obedience. We set up boundaries and expectations, not to simply exert power over our children, but because we love them and because we want what is best for them. When they listen and respond our house runs fairly smoothly, but things quickly fall apart when they fight and deliberately disobey us. Obedience brings blessing in our home: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’–which is the first commandment with a promise–‘so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.'” Ephesians 6:1-3
Kenny and I believe the same principle applies to our lives in Christ. When we are obedient to Him and His will, we experience blessing. When we lean into what He is doing and what He is saying, we find freedom and joy. This is truth no matter where we are on the planet. So, for now, we are ok with the ‘I don’t knows’ of our family’s future. We commit to being obedient in the daily decisions now, so that when the time comes for a move (or recommitment), we’ll be ready.
What’s next for you? What is God calling you to be obedient in today so that you can experience His richest blessings for you tomorrow?