Earlier this week I was back at my old place of work in Springfield, Missouri—the Reliable Superstore car dealership—doing some research for a school project. When I was talking with one of my old managers about going to Belgium to work with Convoy of Hope Europe, he asked if moving to another country and relying on the promise of support from others made me nervous. I was able to answer almost immediately with a no. Looking very surprised, he then asked me why not? And so I would like encourage all of you by sharing this story that explains why I’m not nervous or worried about this huge step in our lives, but instead, am confident, humbled, and excited.
After graduation, I went to work at a Toyota dealership in commission sales. Over the following year, God began to show Lindsey and me how to trust him and that he would provide for us. For example, my third month there I sold two cars the first Saturday of the month, but didn’t sell anything else the next three weeks. At that point I was ready to quit and find a steady, consistent income, but I felt God telling me to persevere. So I stayed and trusted. In the last 4 days of the month, I sold 6 cars at high commissions, making it one of my best months in the 18 months I worked there. God provided for us every month after that, even when it didn’t look like he would.
Later, when I decided to go back to school for my Master’s degree, I looked all over America for schools that offered the area of study that I wanted to focus on. The school I decided on was one of only five that offered the program I was searching for. Not only that, but it offered in-state tuition to Missouri residents, even though it is located in Illinois. We began saving for it, and began planning our move just one month after being accepted. When we moved we almost had enough to cover the first semester. Almost. Neither of us had jobs lined up, and other than moving into my parent’s basement, we had nowhere to live. But we trusted God and decided to move in faith. Within two weeks after we made the move, we were living comfortably in my parent’s basement, Lindsey now has a steady job working from home, and I have a graduate assistantship that not only covers my tuition, but also provides a monthly stipend.
God has been working in our lives since we got married to show that when we move in faith, he will meet us where we are and provide for us. So no. We are not nervous or worried about moving to another country on the promise of support from others because God has proven himself faithful. When you listen and obey, God will keep you. That’s the best security anyone could hope for.