We’re moving to Utah!
For one year and four months it’s been a possibility. a maybe someday, down the road. But today, it’s a WE’RE MOVING ON SEPTEMBER 19th!
The family knows. the boss knows. and now you know. Whew!
Over the last sixteen months we have prayed for direction and wisdom and confirmation if this was the way God would have us go. And we have, over the last sixteen months, been blown away by His methods of saying YES. He has a plan for us, that we know, and it involves moving us to Utah.
My response is grateful praise. for this new adventure, for the settled peace in our hearts and minds, for the way He has and continues to clear the way before us. So to give Him glory – and so we remember His faithfulness in the not-so-easy days of transition – I’m recording our journey to Utah here:
March 17, 2012 – We’re married!!!
Spring 2012 – Greg’s job expands to include Controller work for a small plant in Minnesota.
May 2, 2012 – I received an email from Greg at work: “How’s Utah sound?’ My answer: “Can I ask a question first (because the answer will impact my response)?… Are you serious?’ He was – as long as he continued to enjoy the work he was doing for Minnesota. Utah would bring similar work, full-time, at a larger plant. We agreed there was potential and started praying over the opportunity that night.
May 11, 2012 – Greg has a monthly one-on-one meeting with his boss at work. She provides a question ahead of time to think over and then they discuss together. The question for May: “What long term goals do I have for my career?’ Coincidence? We didn’t think so!
May 29, 2012 – Greg brought up his interest in the Utah position during the one-on-one meeting. I got an email at work that simply said ‘Utah may be in our future.’
September 10, 2012 – For the past several years, I’ve been a part of Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). In September we began a nine-month trek through Genesis and so the majority of my fall was spent studying God’s call of Abraham – to move away from his family to a place unknown – and Abraham’s faith-filled response… all while trying to discern if God was asking us to do the same, and processing the jumble of thoughts / fears that come standard with such a decision. Our study notes put it quite bluntly: Don’t ignore God’s call for the sake of comforts (like living close to loved ones). I needed to hear that. I also needed those words to become my heart’s conviction. And sure enough, week by week, the Lord slowly replaced my concerns of moving so far away from my family with joyful anticipation and an eagerness to walk out the calling He has for our lives. incredible.
December 2012 – After months of not hearing God say no, we told the family about the possibility and gained extra prayer support in the process.
March 2, 2013 – Early on in this process, I looked to see if there would be any BSF classes near us in Utah… only one and it was a day class, which doesn’t quite work for people with jobs (like me). I was bummed. But on this Saturday morning, a dose of unexpected encouragement came my way! I was sitting in our weekly BSF meeting and our teaching leader began to walk us through the prayer requests… The list always starts with an international request. except this week. She was prompted to include a domestic request instead – for men and women evening class prayer groups in Utah. seriously. For those unfamiliar with BSF, a prayer group is basically the precursor to an actual class. So there are people praying over and working toward establishing evening classes in Utah! It may not sound like much, but knowing that I would be able to continue with this ministry that I love was HUGE. God was going before us, preparing the way.
May 13-16, 2013 – Every year in May the controllers all come together in Kansas City for an annual conference, which meant Greg got to spend some quality time with the guys from Utah. They just happened to bring up a soon-to-be-open position – and then mentioned how great it’d be to have Greg join their team!
April – July 2013 – Four months jam-packed with trips to see family (Florida, Ohio, Nebraska), out-of-town weddings (Illinois, Nebraska, Colorado), a vacation (Maine) and oh-so-many house projects. We ate up all the activity, knowing that Fall was coming… wide open, calm, plenty of time to enjoy home and friendships… Fall. or so we thought. Now we know that our summer was front-loaded to allow for this season of transition. God is good.
July 14, 2013 – Church this morning challenged us to develop deep, honest community – and reminded us that initiative and courage are required inputs in the process. We had no idea just how soon we would be leaving behind our community and would need to apply those very words in a start-from-scratch effort.
July 15, 2013 – I got an email from Greg at work – “Kyle (name changed) put in his notice last Thursday… a monkey wrench has been thrown…’ This was unexpected. Kyle was supposed to move up next April and Greg was planning to apply for his position then.
A call came about 30 minutes later… The uppers had called Greg in to see if he was interested in the position if it meant moving NOW and offered him a trip to the plant to make sure he’d like the job and to learn what he could from Kyle before he left.
The timing was a BIG surprise. How we should respond though, was no question. By this point we had such a deeply rooted sense of peace and confirmation there was nothing to say except, ‘here we go!’
July 21, 2013 – Encouragement came through the sermon this morning from Mark 4:26-29. God is ALWAYS at work. Our job is to Plant, Rest (assured), Wait (in anticipation), and Enjoy. Time seemed to be moving SO s l o w l y now that we were on the verge of change and it felt like there was nothing we could do to speed up the process. All we wanted to hear was a definite “yes’ or “no.’ But it was time to simply rest assured that God was working and wait in anticipation for the full revelation.
And then, good friends (who were totally unaware of recent developments) invited us over for lunch after church for the first time ever. Just a little perfectly timed fellowship!
July 21-25, 2013 – Greg spent the week in Utah – interviewing, learning from Kyle, and soaking up the mountains!
July 26, 2013 – While at a wedding in Colorado, we were assigned to the same table as a recent Utah transplant! How perfect!
August 2, 2013 – Greg got the offer!!!!!!!!
August 4, 2013 – We prayed with John (at church) who said “I get the feeling you think God’s moving you to Utah for a job, but He’s actually got something so much greater waiting for you…’ We feel the same way!
August 5, 2013 – I told my boss about the move and asked if working remotely would be a possibility. Her boss said no, so I turned in my notice. Last day would be the 23rd.
August 15, 2013 – My boss called me in to her office to see if I would be willing to work remotely during the next two month-end close weeks. Absolutely!
Well, there you have it… our journey to Utah, thus far (apologies for the length by the way, but this is as ‘bare bones’ as I could get it). We know the good Lord will continue to clear the way before us, so we’ll keep you posted as we go along! Until then, we are SO eager to see the fullness of His vision for us play out!