“So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David…While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born.” Luke 2:4-6
Sometimes God uses ordinary circumstances to move you out of the familiar on to a new journey towards your future not unlike Joseph and Mary traveling to Bethlehem from their hometown of Nazareth because of a mandated government census. We don’t know the full details of what transpired on the trek across the country, but I’m sure it was not without certain challenges and amazing opportunities.
This year, I began a journey that compares to nothing like I’ve experienced previously. After stepping out of my church staff position, I took some time off to renew, refresh and refuel before contemplating my next ministry prospects. During this time, the Lord directed me to start my own business using the experience, skills and deepened passion I had gained for international mission trips over the last four years. Looking across the vast country of entrepreneurship, I drafted my road map (business plan) and kept my spiritual compass (Holy Spirit) close at my side. “Kesher International Missions” began to take form. Not without challenges, from vital data lost on damaged drives to finding out that normal marketing techniques aren’t successful in reaching your niche clientele, I enjoyed and flourished in each step taken on the path before me.
When traveling a long distance, financial and physical logistics must be considered. I’m sure that Joseph gathered up the appropriate supplies (food, shelter, transportation) to ensure that he and Mary would have the resources needed to arrive at their destination. For my expedition, I have learned greater faith, patience and reliance on God to supply what I need which is sometimes opposite of what I think I require. So my reserves this year have come from various contract work, including, but not limited to, the areas of private transportation, pet & house sitting services, assistance to several home-based and startup businesses as well as a Christian yellow pages company. I enjoy being self-employed and all the advantages that come with this status in addition to this allowing me to continue focusing on growing my business.
In October, I celebrated 10 years of living in the same apartment. The newly-placed management furnished many enhancements to my living space, some of which I had been requesting for several years. I consider this blessing and many other miracles I’ve experienced this year, as confirmation that I am walking towards the future God has prepared in advance for me.
I have not yet arrived at my Bethlehem. I will obediently press forward on the trail hopefully anticipating the birth of a purpose much bigger and more wonderful than I could imagine which can only be God-conceived.
Merry Christmas! May you have an expectancy of New Year blessings!
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