Why are we moving to California?

by Cheryl on April 10, 2011

A brother recently reminded me of a quote from Oswald Chambers. He says that “faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God, whose ways you may not understand at the time.”

This rings so true for us right now! The Lord has asked Benjamin and I to move our lives to sunny southern California at the end of this month to join some of those He has made dearest to us in The Spirit.

Moving to California has never been a part of our “Five Year Plan.” In the last year, we’ve held up our plans to The Father and been asked to throw them all away. Proverbs  16:9 says, “In his heart, a man plans his course, but The Lord determines his steps.” We no longer have plans for ourselves, according to our own ambition or ideas. We only plan to listen to the voice of God and obey without hesitation. This is the life we are called to! This is the joy and peace of walking in the ways of The Kingdom of God.

At the moment we do not know where we will live when we get to California. We do not know how our income will be provided. We don’t know what God has in store for us, in The Spirit, or in the natural life. We don’t even know how long He will have us in California! All we know is what He has revealed thus far – that we are to be living in community with our brothers and sisters there, and that we are to move on April 30th.

To the natural mind, this may seem to be a foolish choice. We are caring for a newborn and a very busy toddler (AKA “not sleeping much”…), moving without employment waiting, and moving away from our family and familiarity. To the spiritual man, one with The Father, this move is the only choice. To hear from The Lord and NOT obey is folly in the very clearest form!

We have so much peace, knowing the character of our God- resting in His heart towards us! “For I know the plans I have for you!” He declares. “Plans to prosper and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) This is enough. Enough to move our family without all the logical pieces already in place. Enough to obey in spite of the opinions of others. Enough to obey without fear. “For perfect love casts out fear.” (I John 4:18)

And so we praise The Father for His heart of perfect love towards us, and look forward with excitement to see all that He has planned for our little family in the coming days in California!

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