I want to let everyone know about the next step I’m taking in life. I figured a blog post would be the best way to spread the news. Its going to be a big change from what I’m used to, but I know its where God wants me to go. I prayed about this decision a lot and talked with a lot of close friends and family about it. After lots of prayer, thought, and a clear call from God, I’ve decided to move to Ogden, Utah. I know it sounds crazy to some, and even for me, but I know its where God wants me.
About 6 months ago I was spending time in my bible and kept hearing the question, “What is going to be my next investment in life?” I had never thought about this in detail until then. What was I going to do next? I could stay on the same path I’m on right now. Some things would change, but mostly stay the same, but I felt like I was ready for something new. So I went to God and asked him to show me what to do next. After a few weeks of asking, I could tell there was a tug to go to Utah. An artist I play for took a leadership position at a church down there, so it made sense for me to go, but I wanted God to tell me. I wanted to make sure it was where He wanted me.
Being such a big decision, I asked for advice from close friends and family. Each of them gave me great answers that helped in my decision. I still wasn’t fully convinced though since I hadn’t heard directly from God. I guess in a decision like this, I wanted to make sure it was the right one. So I took a week of quiet time with God so I could hear his voice. I felt the tug to go still, but not a clear answer. In a way, I was fighting against his answer to me, because even though I wanted something new, I was comfortable in the way my life was.
At the end of the week I was looking for new music to run to. Out of no where I picked Matthew West. I would never pick Matthew West in any normal day, but for some reason I did. While I was on my run, every single song spoke to me. I didn’t even notice some of the cheesyness that I would normally hear. Every song was talking about the question, “what are you going to do with your life?” So at the end of my run I turned the album off and asked God, “Do you want me to move to Utah?” and in a huge audible voice I heard him say, “GO.” This caught me off guard, because I had never heard a voice so big and clear. It felt like God turned off the volume to the world and his voice consumed every sense I had. And of course being the skeptic that I am I asked again, “If that’s you God, please say it again.” In the same huge voice I heard, “I want you to GO!” That time I knew it was God and replied, “ummmm…OK. I’ll go.”
That’s the story of how I made my decision. It was the clearest call from God that I’ve ever gotten, so I know I’m in great hands. What will I be doing in Utah? I will be helping out with Brandon Bee’s ministry as well as serving at the church called “Refuge.” You can check out the church at refugeutah.org. I don’t know how long I’ll be in Utah and I’m totally trusting God with that timing.
I’m excited for what God has in store for me in this next season and I know he’s going to grow my faith in many different ways. It will be sad to leave friends and family here, but I will be back to visit. Luckily I’m a touring musician, so if you want to see me more, book an artist I’m playing for at your church!
Thank you to all who have supported and prayed for me in this decision, it was not an easy one for sure.
That being said, this is my last month in the Northwest for awhile, so lets hang out!