We Will Move...When the Cloud Moves: Part OneTuesday, May 22, 2012
Transitions in life can be excruciating. This is especially so for one simple reason: the wait time. Waiting on God during transitions in life is far more trying on our patience than waiting in a doctor’s office, or waiting in line for an amusement park ride on a hot summer day, or waiting in the auto mechanic shop while your car is being repaired, or even waiting through a pregnancy. As difficult as all of these are, they only last a moment compared to the bigger wait during life’s more difficult transitions. These times include the wait time to important milestones in raising children, waiting on a spouse to mature spiritually, finding a new job (or just plain finding a job at all!), moving to a new city, finding a church where you can belong, getting pregnant, overcoming a sin pattern, raising money for an important purchase. Fill in the blank. If you’ve ever lived in a transition or are living through one right now, you know what is causing you the most pain in that wait-time.
Some Personal Background
Right now, at this season in life, my pain is in the wait-time during our transition to a new city. We’ve completed the bigger mission God called us to in the city where we live right now. And God has made it quite clear to us that the next part of His mission includes a move to a new city and a new local church where we’ll serve the body and the community. Perhaps you can somewhat relate to the crunch when I explain what it’s like in the meantime.
I own a computer business in town. It’s just me, no employees. While I do “bench work” (working on computers in my shop), my main goal is to sell cloud network and storage contracts, workstation optimization contracts, and IP telephony contracts. In short, I use the “cloud” to build networks, work on computers remotely, and move businesses from “landline” telephones to internet phones. Now, with that comes support. And if I sell contracts locally, where I am now, it’s difficult to see how I can support those customers after I move. That in turn makes it difficult to grow my business, which makes it difficult to make a living.
My wife is a baker and substitute school teacher. She started working at a local bakery around November last year. She works twenty to thirty hours per week at just above minimum wage, which is ironically just what she was making when we first got married! She has also started her own business as a birth doula and childbirth instructor. She’s so smart and focused. But then again, I’m pretty biased. He clientele is local also, like mine. And since we would like to make a transition this summer, it is difficult to take on new clients because we probably won’t be living here when it’s time to give birth. Or will we?
Together, we bring in significantly less than we actually need to pay all the bills each month. In short, we live well below the poverty level here in Georgia. At least financially, anyway. It has literally been the Lord who has provided food for us each month. We are nearing another time this week when we need to buy more groceries, and the money isn’t there. It’s sort of been like this for a year now. And our faithful God has always provided our “daily bread” when we need it. Learning to pray like Jesus taught His followers (what we call the “Lord’s Prayer” today) has included a whole new understanding of the phrase, “give us today our daily bread,” something we knew little about previous to this last year.
So here we are, in this…waiting…time…period. How will we make ends meet when we can’t grow a business or make enough money? How should we attempt to make ends meet? What is the “balance” between waiting on God to provide and me providing for my family? What is a waiting period supposed to look like while we wait on God? How does life transpire while waiting on God to provide manna each day and lead the way to the next encampment? It is this last question, shaped by the children of Israel in the wilderness, led by God and provided for by God each and every day that is shaping my life right now. And it shapes the lives of all those who are waiting on God in difficult transitions.
Read the entire series here in one document.
About the Author: Rob is a entrepreneur in Statesboro, GA, where he envisions and pursues missional-shaped business for the kingdom. He and his wife Sherri have been married for 18 years and together have three sons and a daughter. Rob believes the mission of the gospel is summed up in four simple phrases: know God, obey Jesus, make disciples, and plant churches. This is the pursuit of his life, as well as the point of his blog.