Our journey together began not long after we met. We had a whirlwind of a relationship — marrying a week and a half shy of the one year anniversary of me saying, “Hi, I’m Kallie. What’s your name?” About 2 months after we began dating, we knew we were going to get married and we knew Justin was called into the ministry. The only thing we didn’t know was the timing. In our head, we figured we would wait a year or two before we packed up and took off. We still didn’t know where we would be headed.
Our honeymoon consisted of visiting a seminary in Memphis and another in New Orleans. I am likely the only woman to ever spend her honeymoon sitting in on a systematic theology class discussing the validity of speaking in tongues.
While we liked both of the seminaries we visited, neither seemed like a good fit. More or less, just to appease our parents, we visited a seminary in Kansas City that was a mere 3 hours from home. We fell in love! It was exactly where we belonged. We ended up moving the following October and Justin began classes in January.
March 2010 — met. April 2010 — began dating. June 2010 — began pre-marital counseling. October 2010 — officially engaged. March 2011 — married. October 2011 — moved to Kansas City.
Before Justin and I got married, we knew we were called to seminary. Not long after we got married, we knew we were called to Kansas City. Not long after that, we were living in Kansas City and Justin was attending seminary. Not long after that, a lot of things changed. However, after tons of prayers, discussion and outside guidance, we have decided that Justin will not be returning this semester to seminary.
Sometimes what God wants us to do doesn’t seem like the right way to do something. Just because it isn’t the right way from our perspective doesn’t mean it’s the wrong way to do it. God is so much wiser than us. God’s calling may have taken a turn off the road we thought we were on, but that doesn’t negate His call. It just adjusts it. Following God requires a lot of flexibility.
If there’s one thing I want you take away from all of this, it’s that we don’t know what we’re doing. But we’re following the One who does. We haven’t gone off the deep end. We haven’t given up on our call. We haven’t been crippled by fear. We just believe that God’s call is being further defined and it’s not panning out the way we anticipated.
We still live in Kansas City. Have 2 crazy dogs. And we don’t know where we’re headed.
And that’s us in a nutshell. Messy, broken, lost, confused…but not hopeless. Not discouraged or remorseful. Not angry or bitter. Not sad or heartbroken or apathetic. God’s got this covered!