24 days until I make my way down to New Orleans. Although there’s some nervousness, I can honestly say that I have never been more sure about anything than I am about this move to N.O. God has not only called me inwardly and given me a peace about it, but He has also confirmed this move to be His will for me in so many other ways–in outward, objective ways. It’s like my job, place to live, and financial ability to transition cities has (and still is) fallen right into place. I haven’t had to “struggle” to make any of it happen. Christ is literally establishing my steps before me in such a way that I have no choice but to acknowledge it’s Him.
Knowing that my move to N.O. is in God’s will is assuring, but with that assurance comes some anxiety. Anxiety about what the days, weeks, months and years ahead of me hold. I feel that hostile confrontations, resistance, and demonic oppression are going to be inevitable realities in this city if I truly live a life worthy of the gospel of Christ. The past two years have been a time of nurture, growth and trust-building in my relationship with the Lord—but not much “work”, so to speak. But I feel as if now I’m being sent out to start doing the Lord’s work. I am still very much a young Christian and very much in need of ongoing guidance, discipleship and teaching— I’m not in any way saying I’m “past that.” But I feel like The Lord is showing me that it’s time to step up and to really intentionally reach people with the gospel. That weighs heavy on me (not in a bad way)—because I desire to speak and act in a way that truly reflects Christ’s absolute truth and Christ’s loving character. I don’t want to sacrifice truth for the sake of being ‘nice’—but I don’t want to sacrifice love for the sake of being ‘right’. Does that make sense? If you want to pray for me in this regard I’d really appreciate it.
I don’t know what’s in store for me and the rest of our church plant team in New Orleans, but I trust that Christ will equip us powerfully to do His work if we really seek Him out with our whole heart.