The next day I was talking to one of my best friends in Colorado. I told her nothing about that conversation, yet she told me she had been looking for jobs for Ian in Colorado. I told her she was a dork and that we weren't moving . . . but out of curiosity asked what she found. When she told me that Compassion International had a creative position open, I felt my stomach flitter. Besides the fact that Ian has always wanted to live in Colorado, I couldn't help but think how perfect this opportunity would fit his skill set and passions. Using his talents to help release children from poverty and introduce them to Jesus?? Huge, meaningful, eternal work. It sounded perfect . . . except for the important fact that we weren't moving. ;)
I nonchalantly told Ian about the Compassion opportunity when he got home from work that day. He didn't say much, but texted the next day and said, "I can't stop thinking about that Compassion job." I couldn't stop thinking about it either.
He decided to apply, knowing that it would be stiff competition as lots of people apply for these jobs. We agreed that so much would have to fall into place for this to happen, but we both felt like he should at least apply.
He applied (along with 70-some other people) and we left it in God's hands. Ian made it through three rounds of phone/Skype interviews and then they invited us to come visit. We had an amazing weekend at Compassion. Ian spent time interviewing and getting to know the team of people he would be working with if given the job. I had lunch with the boss's wife (who is wonderful!) and then took a tour of Compassion with Ian. The next day we had breakfast with Ian's potential boss and his wife. After hearing their story and talking through the job/Compassion in general, we ultimately knew this was something to say "yes" to. We love the vision and mission of Compassion. The benefits are amazing. Compassion supports adoption. Family time is prioritized. Ian will have the opportunity to travel overseas. . . . it just seemed to fit our family so well.
But there was a problem. We were not going to move. How could we leave Breezy Acres Farm? The house has been in my family for over 100 years. With that kind of history comes a responsibility and desire to keep this special place in the family.
I love how God cares about even details like that. After Ian's first few interviews, I saw that a friend (who married my 3rd cousin!) sold her house and was wanting to move to the country. I sent her a message to seek out her interest in the farm if we did move, and she was excited. Our house is now under contract with them and will stay in the family. :)
Here is what she posted about the house:
We are blessed beyond measure! A little over a month ago we decided to take a step of faith and put our house on the market, not knowing where we would move to but hoping to find somewhere in the Whitewater community. It sold very quickly, 3 days, and we still hadn't found the right place. God had a plan! I received a message the very next morning from a sweet friend wondering if we would have interest in their house IF they decided to move. It was an absolute dream come true! Not only did God bless Ian with an amazing new job opportunity, but the timing that He orchestrated Ian and Julie's move to match up with our house closing (merely days!) Is impossible not to recognize. Julie and Ian's farm is the original Zuercher farm....the house was actually built by Jeff's great-great-grandfather (and Julie's great-great-grandmother....yes they are 3rd cousins!), so it has been in the family for over 100 years. The house has been beautifully maintained and many memories have been made throughout the years. We are very humbled and happy to have the opportunity to raise our family here and continue to make memories on this special Zuercher homestead.
Yes, God was doing something here. It cannot be denied.
Ian officially accepted the job at Compassion a few weeks ago and starts the end of March. We are taking each small step in faith. Whether it be the salary amount or the sale of the house, God has opened door after door. I think He knew that for us to obey and do something we were never going to do (aka move), he would need to make it very clear. I've cried lots of tears and I know many more are coming. My family is here. My community is here. I have the most amazing friends. . . . moving is really, really hard.
But ultimately we know that joy is found in obedience. We desire to do God's will even when it's hard. We are choosing to trust Him as he takes our family on this new adventure!