When this whole idea of Texas began taking shape I decided to do some research and found that most Online Marketers were in Austin. I happened to know one person in the Austin area who would be willing to put us up for a short time so we set the compass and began to make our way to Austin.
Mile after mile passed.
Sassy once again sitting on top of most everything we owned. She was quite the trooper. She had traveled all the way across the US with Irene and now only a short time later she was on her way to Texas.
As the miles passed and we made our way into the desolate desert of treeless mountainless Texas my heart sank. I fully understood the plight of Jonah. Not only the whale but the part about being barfed out onto the shores of Nineveh. For him, it was anywhere but Nineveh. For me, it was anywhere but Texas.
As we neared Dallas mileage calculations were for about 3 more hours of travel.
It was then that God had a strange announcement. He does that from time to time. Or at least He does that to me.
I suppose you would like to know what the announcement was? When I heard it, I didn’t.
Our marching orders were to stop.
But this isn’t Austin! God, your GPS is broken, I exclaimed. This isn’t anywhere near Austin and that was clearly our plan.
Funny thing how God’s plans and our plans are not always the same plans Click To Tweet, or perhaps not so very funny after all. I went back to wrestling, He went back to removing His peace and we landed in Dallas.
I’ve never seen 5 freeways stacked together as one like in Dallas. What they lacked in scenery was certainly made up for in concrete. I’m sure that there are people that love it there; I’m just not one of them. Never-the-less, I know better than to step outside the perfect will of God; now.
Again, a friend from church took us in and I got busy trying to find work. For an Online Marketer that’s not difficult, but it is stressful. I was offered a search engine optimization position which I accepted and began my new career, again.
The job paid well, but I sure liked my friends back in Texas better.
I just couldn’t fit into the working life here. Getting the job done was a piece of cake. Establishing deeper friendships within the fold was an altogether different matter for the most part.
Shortly after I arrived a second Online Marketer was brought onto the team. I immediately knew that the reason I was here now was specifically for him. I certainly didn’t know how or why but I knew what the mission was so I went to work trying to make connections. He and I hit it off quite well.
That is, we hit it off quite well until about one week later.
He arrived only to inform everyone there that he had accepted a different offer and would be leaving. Dumfounded and watching in utter disbelief he bid everyone farewell and was gone. After he left I called my wife and asked if she remembered me telling her of the reason I had been hired.
No not work.
To connect with this man was the reason.
She acknowledged to which I responded, well he just quit.
As far as I could tell this must be nothing more than a funny joke God was playing. Either that or I got the signals way off because that chapter of my journey was over.
Whatever the case I continued doing my online marketing gig and getting into the day to day grind of my new position. At the same time, I met a neat family at church which was preparing to do missionary work in California.
While I liked the idea of doing medical missionary evangelism, I knew my life was headed in a different direction. That’s why I wished them well and continued in my position.Have you seen an amazing way that God works? Click To Tweet
I have and I was about to watch it all over again. See, about one month later a man walked through the door where I was working. A man I had met before. It was the new recruit to our online marketing team. My mouth dropped open as I came to realize that this man was the same man that had left one month earlier. The very man that I had been called to Dallas Texas for.
We commenced to building our friendship once again and once again hit it off like at the first.
The excitement was mounting with my church family that was getting ready to depart for California and it was hard not to want to be a part of it all. But I knew I was where I was supposed to be and where I would remain.
Then God laid a bombshell. We were not only supposed to support this missionary team, we were to be part of it.
This I knew was utterly insane.
I’d already left Michigan to come to Texas for God and was gainfully employed once again. There was no way I was going to leave Texas for California no matter how important the need might be. Besides, the reason I was working where I was working was right here in Dallas and he certainly wasn’t going to be opting to relocate to California anytime soon.
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