Moving to Greece was the fastest life decision I’ve made so far.
It took all of three weeks.
Or 51 weeks…depending on how you look at it. But that’s a story for a different time.
I count it as three weeks because that’s how long Greece was even the tiniest option before God and I had a conversation where I chose His will over mine.
So much happened in those three weeks. God moved mountains and barriers and concrete walls that I had put up in an effort to stay in my comfortable, manageable life. And He came in and leveled them. I’m talking flat out destroyed some. At one point during that time I distinctly remember asking a few close friends to tell me reasons why I shouldn’t move to Greece. I wanted them to pull me out of the frenzy of such a huge change.
The most chaotic three weeks have become a pillar of promise.
Because God has wrecked my plans with His, why do I doubt that He is going to come through now? When I am tempted to doubt that God will provide financially, emotionally, spiritually, physically, mentally, I am reminded that He will supply every need of mine according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). I am reminded that His ways are not my ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). I am reminded that He is the source of everything (Romans 11:36).
June has been full of phone calls, text messages, letters, and meetings. Full of bold prayers, little sleep, tears, and laughter. But it has been marked by provision.
God has provided above and beyond in partnerships, both in prayer and financially. He has provided places to stay, to the point where I’ve had to turn people down. He’s provided faithful friends who will randomly text me, celebrate even the smallest victories with me, and who are on their knees praying for me daily. He’s provided exactly what I need, when I need it…and most of these gifts have been far beyond what I could have even dreamed.
When I stop to thank Him for who He is, for what He has done because of who He is, I am overwhelmed with His abundance. So quickly I try and fit God’s provision into boxes….just like I unintentionally did a moment ago. I want God to check the financial box, along with the emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental boxes. Once those boxes are checked, I’m good to go. But here’s the thing, He has given me Jesus, in whom the fullness of God was pleased to dwell (Colossians 1:19). Someone please tell me a box that the fullness of God cannot fill.
During this support raising time I have been praying Ephesians 3:20: “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us…” This is a sweet verse that gives perspective to higher and better than my human mind could even imagine. Check out what Paul has to say right before and after his proclamation of God’s abundant ability:
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith––that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. -Ephesians 3:14-21
God has provided financially, emotionally, spiritually, physically, and mentally. In very tangible ways. Some of those times it’s been immediate, others it’s been after a deadline has passed. There are still areas and situations where I feel like God hasn’t provided even half a percent. But even then, He has already provided His Son.
So when I’m tempted to ask, “What if God doesn’t come through on ______?” I’m trying to re-train my brain (and heart!) to instead ask, “Where in my past have I seen God be God?” and then “Where, right this minute, do I see God being God?”
He began this process of moving to Greece by moving mountains, and He’s continued moving them…sometimes by an inch, sometimes by a mile. And sometimes I need to praise Him for the gift that is the mountain itself, and not just the movement.
Which, speaking of moving…I move to Greece in 71 days.