When I was younger, I loved snow skiing. There was this gripping blend of the thrill of downhill speed and the tranquility of nature. I can remember, as I was first learning to ski, pushing myself towards higher, faster, unexplored, unknown, more difficult terrain. Standing at the top of my first black diamond run, my heart racing, I slowly inched towards the edge. I stop sharply. I wait a second more. I take a deep breath, grab hold of my ski poles, and dive in. That brief moment of anticipation, which simultaneously seems to last forever and no time at all, is so vivid.
All of those emotions, the excitement and trepidation, the unknown, the coming challenges, the new places to explore, are welling up in my soul these weeks. In two weeks, I marry Sarah White, the most beautiful woman in the world, and we begin a new adventure together. We not only know that God has called us together as husband and wife, but that he has called as husband and wife to go where he sends us to build the kingdom. There are so few fitting words to describe how we feel. We have so many questions! Where will we go? What will God call us to do? When will he call us? What will life be like there? What are the people like? What will be the fruit of our work? Will we suffer for the cause of Christ? What would it be like to raise a family there? As we ruminate over all these things, seeking the Lord for wisdom, there are a number of verses that remind us of God’s role in our call.
First, I think of Proverbs 16:9, which says “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” We have peace that we can make plans, all the while knowing that God himself will establish our steps. Those steps may or may not be what we had planned, but we can rest in certainty that they are established and rooted by him. Secondly, (and for me, even more exhilarating) is Ephesians 2:10. Immediately after explaining that we are not saved by our works, Paul says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we may walk in them.” Right now, Sarah and I are asking those questions I mentioned above. I was reminded this week, however, that God has already prepared good works for us to do! There is a job somewhere that God has prepared for us to do and He allows us to be involved in discovering what he has prepared for us. We stand at the cusp a new, unexplored, and exciting chapter of life. We await, with great anticipation, running the race that He has marked out for us.