OUR JOURNEY | By American standards, it could be said that we had a somewhat dramatic call out of our normal life of ministry. However, our story is not uncommon among followers of Jesus in the Bible and throughout history. Yet when God invited us to leave our life of public ministry behind and follow him on what we termed our “Trust Adventure,” it felt far from common even to us. We were accustomed to pushing through what was hard. While we didn’t love the dryness we were experiencing, we had chalked it up to the cost of discipleship. In some ways, it is what we thought we had signed up for when we took the call to be leaders in the church.
Imagine our surprise when we began to suspect God might not be demanding that we continue in our current context. Was it possible that He might lead us out for a time of rest and refreshment? Could He be inviting us to a sabbath season of not producing, but instead, of relying on the Lord’s provision and direction in a way we had not known before?
In an unfamiliar demonstration of childlike trust, we jumped, hoping that the Father’s arms would catch us. Steve resigned from his job, giving up a regular paycheck, health insurance, and participation in a retirement saving fund. In so doing, he gave up his reputation as someone reliable and responsible, and even began the process of surrendering his confidence in his own ability to provide all good things for his family and placing that confidence in God instead. I (Jamie) gave up my nice house, my beautiful possessions, and my identity as a diligent homeschooling mom. I put my feet on the path toward seeing myself as a beloved child of God and trusting Him to take responsibility for my children and their wellbeing (as promised in Isaiah 54:13). We sold our house, gave away most of our possessions, and packed what we had left in a 10-foot cargo trailer to be towed behind our Suburban. We hit the road with our four children on a journey to discover the gifts of God in an unconventional way. You can read more of our story here, at the blog we kept during that time. We recommend starting with the original announcement, which is how we let people know about the new journey God was inviting us to begin.