For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
I've been clinging to these verses for the past few weeks. We've been looking to the Lord to make some big decisions for our family and are excited to follow His path.
Several weeks ago Jason had a conversation with a partner at an accounting firm in Fort Worth, Whitley Penn. They discussed the possibility of Jason coming to work for them. Which is interesting because Jason wasn't looking for a new job. Not at all.
In fact, we'd talked about him looking for something quite a while back and it made me really uneasy. Why? Why would you want to leave a job where you're comfortable and secure, preparing for becoming a partner? No way. No thanks. Of course, we want to follow the Lord's plan for us so in that conversation (or series of conversations) we decided we wouldn't actively look for a new job. If something came Jason's way, however, and we felt we were being led by God's hand toward it then we wouldn't turn away from it.
Well whatd'yaknow! That's exactly what God did. This opportunity with Whitley Penn popped up and MAN did the process go fast. Lightening speed! Jason went in for an interview just to check the place out and felt completely at home. He loved the folks he interviewed with and all the important questions he needed answered were answered... and in the right ways! Really, he was interviewing them more than they were interviewing him, I think. It was clear that day that they'd be making him an offer. And pretty clear that Jason would accept it.
You know what's amazing about this for me? The peace I feel about it all. I was really, REALLY uncomfortable about even talking about changing jobs back when we first discussed it. (Just ask my girlfriends. Boy, did they get an ear full.) But this, this is different.
The only difficult thing about is is seeing Jason struggle with leaving the relationships he has at MB&D. He really likes working there and loves the people he works with. He's felt a lot of emotion as he's had to resign and tell the folks he works with that he's leaving. We know there are great things ahead.
One of the major reasons we decided the move would be good for our family is the proximity of WP to our house. It's in Downtown Fort Worth (25 minutes away - 14 miles) as opposed to Uptown Dallas (45 minutes away - 35 miles). Huge incentive! Also, if we ever decide to move from this house (and after the month we've had here, we probably will) our choices of desirable places to live is better if Jason's working on the west side of the Metroplex. Jason's new office is just a hop, skip, and jump down the street from his mom's work and sister's school (bonus! as Pattie would say) and close enough for us to be able to come have lunch during busy season without making an entire day trip out of it. Not to mention, Jason has always envisioned himself working in Fort Worth ever since he was a kid. It's where he grew up and we believe it's where he belongs.
So, we're excited to see what this year and this new chapter brings for us and our family. Jason starts on Thursday so get to praying that he'll transition smoothly. I already am!