This past year has been one of transition and uncertainty. My wife and I embarked on the journey of applying for and considering a job transition in the fall. As the calendar turned to 2017, we discovered we were pregnant with our first child! As our child grew, so did our excitement, anticipation, and anxiety about the future.

We have lived in our current city for just over 5-years. We were married here. My wife’s parents live 20-minutes away from us. We have friends and community at our church. We each enjoyed our jobs. Yet, there was a nagging sense of God moving us away from our comfort and community with the uncertainty of welcoming our first child a few months after starting a job.

There were several phone calls across the country for various jobs over the previous months. Some doors were closed for us and others we closed as God made clear it was not a good fit. The least expected job in the most unlikely place seemed like the ideal fit. This left us bewildered and yet confident in God. We did not see how this job would not work out. Yet, my wife and I looked at each in stunned silence and sadness as God very clearly closed that door in a way we did not expect, anticipate, or desire (I’d prefer to not go into detail here).

One of the songs my wife shared with me earlier this spring is called, “Red Sea Road” by Ellie Holcomb on her most recent album Red Sea RoadThis song became a daily source of encouragement, comfort, and challenge as we seek to follow our faithful God, despite the uncertainty of our circumstances.

We, buried dreams
Laid them deep into the earth behind us
Said, our goodbyes
At the grave but everything reminds us
God knows, we ache
When He asks us to go on
How do we go on?

We will sing, to our souls
We won't bury our hope
Where He leads us to go
There's a red sea road
When we can't, see the way
He will part, the waves
And we'll never walk alone
Down a red sea road

How, can we trust
When You say You will deliver us from
All, of this pain, that threatens to take over us
Well, this desert's dry
But the ocean may consume
And we're scared, to follow You

So we will sing, to our souls
We won't bury our hope
Where He leads us to go
There's a red sea road
When we can't, see the way
He will part, the waves
And we'll never walk alone
Down a red sea road

Oh help us believe
You are faithful, You're faithful
When our hearts are breaking
You are faithful, You're faithful
Oh grant us eyes to see
You are faithful, You're faithful
Teach us to sing
You are faithful, You're faithful, You're faithful

And we will sing, to our souls
We won't bury our hope
Where He leads us to go
There's a red sea road
When we can't, see the way
He will part, the waves
And we'll never walk alone
Down a red sea road ...

No, we'll never, walk alone
Down a red sea road
No, we'll never, walk alone
Down a red sea road ...

 

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