Spreading the Fragrance of Christ

2 Corinthians 2:12-13

When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord, my spirit was not at rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I took leave of them and went on to Macedonia.”

I have been meaning to write this post for quite some time now.  But much has been vying for my attention, and I am finally now sitting down to record the latest big event in our life.  As Paul discovered in 2 Corinthians, our spirits may not always be at rest in a place, even when there is ample opportunity to preach the gospel.

This is how Stephen and I have felt ever since we moved to Oswego to be a part of our delightful church.  As much as we have been overwhelmingly blessed by the body of Christ here and our dear friends, our spirits have been restless.  Over the last couple of months, we began seriously praying about a recurring burden to go back to the Quad Cities (where Stephen is from) and be a part of the church body there.

Stephen’s job, although a great blessing to provide for us while here, was simply not something he could continue to do long-term.  And with the newest addition to our family (:-), expenses are increasing, and he just needed to find a new job.  We felt convicted to pray that the Lord would show us where He wanted us by opening up doors for a new job.  While Stephen was on the phone with his pastor back home, a church member called the pastor to ask if he knew of anyone looking for a job.

Thus began a long string of events where God clearly showed us He wanted us to move to the Quad Cities.  Scheduling “flukes” allowed Stephen to drive to 3 separate interviews for the job.  He was able to do a “test run” on the job and really enjoyed it.  While looking for a place to live, we stumbled upon a beautiful ranch-style house on a corner lot at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac and our offer to purchase was accepted.  The seller can be out around the same time we need to be in.

Stephen starts his new job on April 19. One week from today.  We plan on moving that following weekend.  We are extremely excited about what our new “normal” will look like.  Stephen’s hours are from 6 am-3pm, Monday-Friday, with weekends and holidays off.  He has been working 7 days a week (mostly nights) for at least 6 months.  His schedule was killing both of us.  We are thrilled to have evenings together again, weekends to hang out with friends and family–a predictable, normal schedule.

We are excited to join the church there and get involved.  We want to meet our neighbors and look for new opportunities to spread the gospel.  We don’t know exactly why the Lord wants to remove us from our church here, but we do know that He is good. And his chief end is His glory.  We pray that we may bring his glory with us wherever we go and be a blessing to whomever we meet.

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”  2 Corinthians 2:14-15

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Mom--GRANDMA! on April 16, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I, for one, am going to be glad to have you and baby Jeshuah 2 hours closer 🙂

    Always exciting to see God work! You’re right–He IS good!

    Reply

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