NAOMI GANTNER, FOLLOWING GOD'S WILL
Have you ever wondered what God's will is for your life?
Ever since I was a young girl, I always wondered what God's will for my life was and what it really meant. I knew that I wanted to do his will and that it was going to be hard but I didn't understand how hard it truly is.
For years I felt like God was stirring in my heart but I wasnt sure what it was. I had been praying for a while asking God that he would show me what he wanted me to do, and finally he revealed it to me. This past summer I went on a missions trip. I didn't know what to expect but God had worked in my heart more than I ever imagined possible. At the end of our trip we were singing, praying and giving testimonies when someone shared that he wasn't going to tell God "no" again, and he was going to do what God wanted him to do.
That's when it hit me.
I realized that God was moving me somewhere else for a while, and to be honest, I didn't want to go. I was running away from what he had for me because I was scared. Although I didn't want to go, I knew that’s what God wanted of me. That night as we were singing songs to the Lord and praying I just broke down crying. I asked the Lord to show me what he wanted me to do and it was then that the Lord showed me that he wanted me in Indiana. I remember being so scared and wondered why Indiana. I felt like God wanted me to be involved in ministry there and to go Hyles Anderson college. I was so used to my comfort zone and once you’re in your comfort zone you feel safe and don’t want change. As soon as I got back from my mission’s trip I started packing up all of my belongings. I kept thinking, "what am I doing?" but God kept reminding me that this is where he wants me.
One day as I was listening to the radio, the song, "God help me" by Plumb came on and I knew that God was showing me that he really wanted me to take a step of faith and to follow him. Again as I was driving, I was at a stop sign were there was a house in front of me with an Indiana license plate. As I turned the corner there was another car with an Indiana license plate! How crazy was that?
several months before my mission’s trip, I took off some time to be able to go take a trip somewhere else, but God had different plans. So instead, I used that week to look for a place to live and a job. Before I took a trip to visit Indiana, I applied for jobs online and I had a job lined up within two days. God is so good and even cares about the little things, like my dream of having a hot tub/jacuzzi in my house.
When I got back from visiting, I couldn't help but cry throughout the weeks. I struggled with moving but I knew that’s where God wanted me to go. I only needed to follow Gods will. So, I quit my job and packed up everything into a semi-truck, and within under two months I was on my way to Indiana!
I am so thankful that I followed the Lord and his will.
There are days where I can’t believe I am here, but I am sure thankful that I am.
There is so much joy in serving Jesus.