I can’t think of a better way to start off this post than to congratulate my brilliant husband on his new tenure track professor position at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. We have been praying over this job for almost a year now, and are so SO thankful for the offering of it to us.
The decision to accept, in and of itself was easy peasy. OF COURSE we’ll take it! It is a small liberal arts school, in a wonderful town, filled with friends, close to Chicago, closer to Kansas, and is Matt, Noah, and my home. This is the town our marriage began and 6 years later, grew to become a family of three. It is our home. I’m not a die hard football fan, but I have to admit that I do tend to bleed blue and gold during the football season at ND, solely for tailgating, the camaraderie of the school, and our dear friend, Doc who throws the best parties known to man! I can’t wait to get back to our stomping grounds, but with a new purpose and direction this time around.
Our church has recently been going through a series about Nehemiah. It has been a phenomenal series and I highly recommend it to anyone of you who may be interested (just click here). To try and make it as concise as possible, we talked about how Nehemiah was put in a place of favor and influence. He was the cup-bearer to the King, whose duty was to ensure that the kings wine was safe for consumption. To put this in context, he was also a slave… but for a slave, this was a prestigious position. He was highly trusted by the King. God put him there so that he was positioned to do the mission God had for him, to have the ear of the king, the favor of the king so that he could go and rebuild Jerusalem. The parallel to our lives is that God is placing us in a position that’s comfortable, surrounded by loved ones, and yet we have a job to do. The point of God moving us back to South Bend isn’t so that we are comfortable, the point is to be in a position so that we can live out God’s mission for our lives.
It’s easy to get caught up in the details of moving. For example, moments after finding out the news, I went searching for a place to live, preferably a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house with a fireplace, finished basement, fenced in backyard and a small area to garden, for under $700… nothing ridiculous. The fact that we are still 5+ months out from moving makes it really tough to know what will be available when the time comes. I then proceeded to look at which schools will be the best for Noah, which would offer the most attention for him and be the most therapeutic in its approach. After that, I began worrying about how we will afford all of this, plus the cost of moving, plus the new couch we need, etc. “WAIT. STOP. Briana, this isn’t the point. This isn’t the purpose. God isn’t placing you here so that you can have the dream house, the perfect school, enough money to go around.” I don’t doubt that He will provide us with a home to call our own, a school well-suited for Noah, and enough money to get by… but that isn’t our mission. We can make a difference in a 3 bedroom town home with all the fixins, or in a 2 bedroom apartment with coin operated laundry (oh please, Jesus, not that second one… again).
It’s exciting to imagine the lives He has planned for us in South Bend. We are so thankful for the time we have had in Rochester. My personal goal is to remember that I wasn’t given this life for enjoyment, pleasure, and things. I wasn’t given a life that promised comfort. We were brought to Rochester for a reason as well, I sure hope that I am making a difference in someone’s life and fulfilling Gods will for this time in my life.
We are so thankful and excited for what is next. Thanks to all of you who have prayed along side us.