Reason to Trust #21 [Nadia]

Nadia ClarkAge: 33 // Favourite Food: My Mum’s Roast. // Dream Job: Doing what I’m doing. // Current Season: Besotted Mum to Zion (almost 5 yrs) & Hope (2 yrs). Stoked to be married to Craig for 11 years. Privilege of being a Pastor in LIFE Melbourne. // Met Jesus: When I was 5, in the car with my family. // Favourite Verse: 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” // Instagram: @nadiajclark

My husband Craig is very spontaneous and loves organising surprises. And while its lots of fun I can sometimes struggle receiving the surprises. I like to know what’s going to happen and to be in the know with all the details.

For example for my birthday just been, Craig let me know that he was organising something for me that evening. Throughout the whole day I couldn’t help but drop subtle little hints like “Babe if it’s going to be going out for dinner can you please make sure so and so is invited.” And “I would just LOVE a massage tonight- that would make my birthday.” (Ok maybe the hints weren’t that subtle) Anyway the evening came and was everything that I wanted it to be, and we finished the night and I remember thinking, “Man I wish I had been cooler about the whole thing.” But I couldn’t help myself!

There is something in me that likes to be in the know.

A year ago we were happily living in New Zealand, enjoying life, and building God’s church. We were involved at many levels of our church LIFE which included leading a campus for Ps Paul and Maree de Jong, leading Young Adults and heading Get Smart (a national youth conference in NZ). To be honest, we didn’t expect things to change anytime soon. Things were growing and expanding. We were stepping out in faith and seeing God do amazing things.

So when God started to speak to us in May last year about moving to Australia to look after LIFE in Melbourne, we did not see it coming!! It was left field, but we couldn’t get away from God’s voice (let’s be honest sometimes we want to run!). So in December last year we stepped out in obedience and left what we knew in NZ to start a new adventure.

While it was an exciting new adventure I was struggling.

See I wanted to know how it was going to end. I wanted to know that this would be the best decision for our kids?I wanted to know what church was going to look like? I wanted to know that it would be worth leaving our family for? I WANTED TO BE IN THE KNOW!!! But I remember God speaking to me so clearly and saying- “I’m asking you to step out when you can’t see what’s around the corner. I’m asking you to step out into the unknown.” At the end of the day that is what faith looks like- it’s stepping out and walking into the unknown. Like Hebrews 11:8 says-

“By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going.”

So why step out into the unknown when it means leaving so many of our comforts and securities? When it means leaving what God has entrusted to us for the past 10 years in ministry. When it means leaving family and friends… The questions I’ve asked myself so many times!!! What I’ve discovered is that although the path is unknown our God is known. And because our God is known, we can trust in His character and that where He is taking us is for the best.

Like God showed me in Isaiah 42:16

“But I’ll take the hand of those who don’t know the way, who can’t see where they’re going. I’ll be a personal guide to them, directing them through unknown country. I’ll be right there to show them what roads to take, make sure they don’t fall into the ditch. These are the things I’ll be doing for them— sticking with them, not leaving them for a minute.”

We can step out into the unknown, because HE is right there with us and will never fail us!! Through the unknown HE IS KNOWN.

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