A Shift in Seasons
If you’ve read my blog for some time, you have probably picked up on a theme that Jared and I are learning in our lives: waiting on and trusting in God. I have mentioned our desire to expand our family and what God has been teaching us through that process. (Thanks for the encouragement and prayers; please continue!) What I haven’t mentioned specifically is our prayers for our future, namely a new job for Jared and possibly a new location. We have been praying for several years for God to make it clear as to where He wanted us to raise our family and where Jared could most effectively use his gifts. We continually received the same answer from God: wait and trust. As we prayed about it, we felt God wanted us to stay planted here in Chicago until He opened a door otherwise. We have learned from the past that though we could pry open a door to walk through, we only wanted to pursue opportunities that were clearly provided by God and not ourselves.
All of that to say, God has opened a new door for Jared professionally in Cincinnati…and quite quickly! We feel confident that this is the opportunity we’ve been waiting and praying for because the details are falling into place like only God could orchestrate.
Because this move has happened so quickly, I thought I would share the story here so you can join us in noticing how God has so graciously provided this next step for us.
When we originally starting talking about where we saw ourselves in 5-10 years, the two answers that quickly came to our minds were nearer to family and further South. (If you’ve lived through a Chicago winter, you’d understand!) Jared casually met with a headhunter in Nashville when we visited my twin brother’s family this summer to explore the options and to get a feel about what the market was outside of Chicago. Although he had an interview with a company in Nashville that next month, no doors sprung open. So we kept waiting. He then heard of a position in Louisville and had two promising interviews. We began wondering if Louisville was where we were going to land and began weighing the options. However, that door shut as well. With that opportunity closed, we decided we needed to “retrench” in Chicago. Meaning, we needed to stop wondering if another job was going to come available and fully invest in our community in Chicago for as long as God had us here.
As a side note, I have to say that I truly grew in deep respect for Jared as I watched him work through these closed doors. Though he was disappointed, I admired how he sought God and felt led to give 100% to his job until God moved him elsewhere. His commitment to trust God when the pieces weren’t falling into place or making sense inspired me.
After the holidays, Jared’s headhunter from Nashville told him about a job opportunity in Cincinnati and asked if he would be interested. What she didn’t know was that I attended high school in Cincinnati and my parents still lived there. Because God had taken us on quite a process of surrendering, trusting, and waiting, Jared said he’d be interested but held the opportunity loosely. The job description sounded like a perfect match, but we were committed to allowing God to open the door. After two months of interviews and waiting, they offered the job to Jared two weeks ago. We were stunned, elated, and a little overwhelmed when we heard that the company wanted Jared to start three weeks later.
For me personally, this is a bittersweet move. Of course, I am thrilled to be moving closer to family (my parents live in Cincinnati, Jared’s parents live 2.5 hours away, and our siblings live closer as well) and I am excited for Jared to work a job where he can use and further develop his gifts. However, I am sad to leave the community that we have built for the past four years. Though it was a difficult transition for me to move to Chicago, God has been so gracious to provide me with a supportive group of friends who have walked us through a very challenging time in our lives. Additionally, I have so loved meeting weekly with my Thursday morning Bible study and learning and growing with such amazing ladies. Jared and I began our married life here and have “grown up” in marriage with dear friends, all of whom we will miss.
As I’ve processed this transition, God has repeatedly given me the same message: “I am bringing you into a new season.” We are excited to walk through these opened doors and see what God has for us next. There are still many details to determine (renters for our home here, a home to live in Cincinnati, new doctors…), but we are confident that God will guide us through each decision just as He has so graciously opened the door regarding Jared’s new job.
As the the signs of a new season emerge like flowers bursting from the ground, we are excited to begin our new season in Cincinnati. I look forward to writing about the new lessons God teaches us through this shift in seasons. We so appreciate all of your support and encouragement.
“Not to us, LORD, not to us
but to Your name be the glory,
because of Your love and faithfulness.”