So much has changed since the last time I sat to collect my thoughts in writing… somehow over three months have passed, we have a dog and are halfway through our first pregnancy. Who knew our move to Iowa would come with so many life changes?
Although I definitely miss the mountains and the smiling faces of the dear friends Colorado provided, Iowa is simply home. We have no idea what the future holds, but for now, this year, I know we are exactly where we need to be. Oh, how I love the adventures life brings. A year ago, I never would have expected this would be home and this would be our story.
I never thought I could sit here and be “satisfied”. Life on the prairie wasn’t necessarily in my five-year plan. I saw city lights, a successful career and loads of friends. Instead, we have moved three times in the last three years, and home is now a place where the buffalo (used to) roam, and the closest friend in sight is my golden retriever. Yet, I couldn’t be more content. Although my “plans” may have changed, I know God’s purpose for me has not. His purpose is greater than a location or vocation. I know the things He is calling me to, and know I can respond right here, today, even though my backyard is a rolling countryside instead of a bustling city.
As I sit here today looking out over the frozen prairie, I am in awe of God’s provision and faithfulness. Our lives are changing quickly, but He is not. Our plans may have changed, but our purposes have not. He is steadfast, He is constant and I have experienced His love more in this past year than ever before. No, it’s not that He loves more, but instead that I have opened my eyes and seen.
Whatever adventure, curveball, or disappointment 2014 brought you, know that God is constant. Know that He has not changed even though life may have. Know that His purpose for you is still the same, even though your world may look different than you expected it to.
Finding joy in our circumstances, instead of holding on to unmet expectations, allows us to see the beauty in God’s plan. How can you serve Christ right where you are? Don’t confuse a change of season with a change of purpose.