It was the summer of 1989 and I had only been in my current job for a few months when the word came down that the company was centralizing operations for our region. What it meant for me was a choice between looking for work again or making the move from Cincinnati to Chicago.
There were pros and cons on both sides of the argument and I just couldn’t make up my mind what my best option was.
I began having horrible headaches that required the use of experimental medications. Every TV show or movie that I watched was either set in Chicago or referenced Chicago in some way. I was given FREE tickets to a Reds game and guess who they were playing…you guessed it…the Chicago Cubs! I even made a trip to the area to look at apartments, but I still couldn’t make up my mind.
The headaches and my confusion continued to get worse over the next few weeks until one day I hear the Holy Spirit whisper to me. “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiahs 29:11 NIV).
I opened my eyes and said, “Okay Lord, I will trust You and make the move to Chicago!”. Immediately the pain and pressure in my head disappeared.
When I made the move to Chicago, I gave myself six months to adapt or go back home. That was 32 years ago and I am still happily living in Chicago.
You see, God had a plan that required me to lean on (abide in) Him. It was at this same job where I met the man who has been my husband for over 26 years.
Saying yes to God can be downright paralyzing until you also turn over the reins!
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