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Starting a new chapter

Published 6:45pm Tuesday, June 19, 2012

If you let it, life will take you to places you never thought you would be.
For instance, if you would have told me a year and a half ago that I’d be working at a daily newspaper in Alexander City, Ala., I would have told you you’re crazy.
But now after a year or so of living the crazy life of a journalist, I couldn’t imagine it being any other way.
With that being said, I’m already saying goodbye and turning the page to a new chapter in my life.
No, I’m not moving up in the world to work at a bigger daily paper.
My husband Mathew and I have decided to move to Miami, Fla., where he has accepted a job as a full-time youth minister and where I will begin another job search.
No, it’s not really better pay for him, and no, it’s not really an ideal situation for me, especially since I’ll be living 12 hours from my mother, family, friends and the youth group we have come to know and love.
But as someone once told me, “If God brings you to it, he’ll see you through it.”
And he’s definitely brought us to this and shown us this move is his will.
So many of our friends and family members have had encouraging words to speak on behalf of God and his plan for us.
We’ve heard several times, “Selfishly we want you to stay, but we know that this is a great opportunity for you both to grow spiritually, not only in your marriage, but also in your relationship with Christ.”
Through words like that we know that God has a great plan for us. His plan may not be the plan we expect, but we know we want it to be one that glorifies him.
I say all of this not to seem like I’m saying, “Look at me! I’m so good at following God’s will!”
I say all of this because I haven’t been very good at following God’s will in the past, and for the first time in my life I feel as if it’s my only choice.
I’ve said for so long that I’m a follower of Christ, but deep down it would scare me to death at what he would call me to do.
Over the past two years at our current church in Eclectic I’ve become comfortable with our nice big home with a nice big yard, that’s close to my family and with no real worries at the forefront of my mind (at least ones that mattered).
In that comfort I had no real reason to rely on God other than asking him to “help me have a good day at work,” or “give me the strength I need to handle obnoxious people.”
So when Mathew and I were praying about what God wanted us to do in the next stage of our life together, I knew God had been calling us to something less comfortable so that we would actually learn to rely on him and experience the supernatural calling that God offers in all of our lives.
It’s scary to think I’ll be living in such a metropolis as Miami with more diversity, more dangers and more miles away from those I love most.
But I know that amidst the risk of following God’s will, even if it’s not the most ideal situation, or even if it’s completely against my own feelings of wanting to stay, God will use this move to Miami in life-changing ways.
I’m not sure what those ways are yet, but just like when he gave me the opportunity to work at The Outlook, I didn’t realize the blessings until after the fact.
I’ve met so many wonderful people and created so many relationships. I’ve gotten to help people get their stories out, and I’ve even learned a lot about myself along the way.
God has used this short stint here so that I can be better prepared for the next step of my life’s journey.
Thanks for being a part of it. You will always hold a fond place in my heart.
Hargett is a staff writer for The Outlook.