Right now, we are sitting in a crowded airport terminal in Nashville, waiting for our flight to Boston. By the time you’re reading this, we should be in Merrimack! We’ll be there for the next few days to see the town we’ll be living in come fall, spend time with the staff of Movement and begin to get to know the church. Rhett is playing bass in the worship band Sunday and I am looking forward to meeting the church community.
Today we were able to explore Nashville a bit with one of my very closest and dearest friends. I’ve known Elizabeth since I was eight years old, and while we’ve only ever lived in the same town for about six months, we’ve stayed very close over the years. I was there for her high school graduation and she was in our wedding. In a perfect world, everyone would have a friend like Elizabeth; a friend who always knows just how to encourage you, who remembers your awkward phases and the seasons when the Lord felt far away and who has walked with you through many of the joys and trials life has to offer.
We went to not one, not two, but three coffee shops, so I’m feeling just a little caffeinated right now (a perfect way to feel before hopping on a plane, right??) In the midst of enjoying unique espressos, such as coffee soda infused with orange peel, we were able to share our hearts with one another, trade stories and encourage each other toward Jesus.
She had recently attended a seminar about fear, so she had some wise words to share. She reminded me that while control often seems like the safest option, it is actually a betrayal of trust. We fail to trust in God, and instead choose to tightly grip to our own plans. We might then feel “over-responsible” for our lives the lives of those around us as we do our best to make sure nothing ever catches us off guard. This leads to a life of fear, anxiety and depression. However, as children of the Lord, we are called to deep trust in a God who always provides for us.
She also gave us some locally made, gluten free granola from Chattanooga and a sweet card to celebrate our graduation. In it, she wrote out Matthew 6:26 in the Message version, which says “Look at the birds, free and unfettered… careless in the care of God. And you count for more to Him than birds!” This verse is exactly what I need as we begin our visit to New Hampshire. While there is still so much unknown, in my life and probably yours too, we get to be careless and free in Jesus’ love.
Today, I extend this prayer to you. I pray that you, friend, would be able to trust deeply in the Lord, no matter what season you’re experiencing right now. I pray that today or tonight or this morning, whenever you read this, you would find space to rest in God’s incredible love.
Please pray for us as we travel and meet people and explore this week! We can’t wait to share our stories with you all.