A tangled mess.
That’s what life was. OK, not all the time, but my heart and spirit were burdened most days, and I felt stuck…trapped.
I thought I was trapped by the actions of others and circumstances beyond my control. I was wrong. I was stuck in a net of lies that I was willingly believing about myself, about the world around me, and, most importantly, about God.
That’s when God invited me, along with my cautiously optimistic family, to be untangled – to drop the nets that were binding us from real love, from real life, from real freedom. It felt like we were leaving everything safe with a high probability of landing flat on our faces.
So in January of 2015 I resigned my position as a pastor in the church we were serving in Katy, Texas. We sold our home and gave away or sold most of our possessions. Then we loaded everything we owned into a ten-foot cargo trailer, piled our family of six into our Suburban, and started following Jesus into the great unknown, trusting He would untangle our hearts and our spirits along the way.
And here we are now flat on our faces – not because Jesus dropped us, but in worship of Him who has unstuck us and shown us real love, real life and real freedom. We are learning to be rich on far less than we thought we needed. We are learning to be attentive to the blowing of His Spirit. We are learning to trust Jesus to set us free, each day, each moment – free to laugh from deep within, free to sacrifice everything to share His love, free to sing with gusto, free to forgive wrongs and admit them too, free to not know what’s next and still take steps in faith, free to look and sound foolish to a world who’s wisdom doesn’t deliver.
We hope our story helps you see through the clutter of nets that strangle life – to see the simple, yet profound love of the Creator of the universe for you. Maybe our story will help you drop your nets and take a leap of faith with Him!
~ Steve Wiechman