(Chris) As you read previously, Holly dropped this vision of me, Noah, and Texas A&M on me and I responded” Hmmm”.
A response like that needs some back story to understand.
In our twenty plus years of marriage I have learned that God often starts new seasons of our life by talking to Holly. Honestly that’s probably because He starts with me and I’m just not listening well enough (hello guys, ever not a good listener?).
For example, when we felt God’s calling to Colorado I was still working at Libbey Glass and just kind of looking for work in Colorado on the side. God told Holly that it would be OK if I went ahead and quit my job. Long story short I went from “No way” to “This is what I’m going to do” over a weekend spent with the Father.
So when Holly told me about her vision, I immediately perked up my spiritual listening ears and began to look to see what God was doing and saying.
I thought about how I’ve wanted for years to either write a book or create a class for young engineers on lessons I’ve learned about how to relate to others in our work environments. There’s a lot to this but I have seen so many young engineers irreparably damage their careers at a company in their first few weeks from bad, relational decisions on their part, and I think I can really help.
Next I thought of how Holly and I have felt called to teaching young marrieds in college Sunday School class again. Then I looked at how God had been reintroducing us to the demographic of college students of today through our Pais students we had had for the last year.
Finally I thought of Noah’s desire to go to A&M and how being back down there might facilitate that.
I looked at God’s work in our past and saw sign posts pointing toward where he seemed to be heading us in our future and it seems consistent. I don’t know the timing of it all but I trust He does.
(Holly) So I will write more to wrap this up next week–and share some thoughts from Noah, too–where he is with all of this and truly, where the other kids are, as well. Then I will share, as we know more. For now, you may read between the lines…we are moving to Texas, specifically Bryan/ College Station. We don’t know when exactly (but I have a hunch it will be next summer). We don’t know how–there are a TON of God-sized obstacles, which I will freely share here. We have an idea of the WHAT–that Chris will be a professor there and some other details I will share next week that involve missions and a friend of ours, but there is likely way more to it than we know. And the why? Well the why is because we feel God is leading us, even though we LOVE it here and would never leave unless we were so convinced. And that is all for today!
If you have any questions, which you’d like for me to address next week, leave them in the comments here!