The Call to Europe
Have you ever asked God for a loud and clear confirmation for your career? Our foreign correspondent Alex shares an amazing story which comes all the way from Europe.
How do you hear from God? For the longest time I was so frustrated because I always heard people around me “getting downloads” while I was apparently deaf.
Everything changed about a year ago. I was really seeking God’s direction and guidance, I was faced with several big decisions, one of which being a big career move – leaving LA and transferring to Europe. This made me uneasy and I was absolutely starving for God’s direction. I went back to what I knew and that was the Truth from the Bible. Jesus says,
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks the door will be opened” (Luke 11:9-10).
And boy did I start knocking.
This was very important to me and I decided to go all in – if I am going to pray and seek God’s wisdom, I really wanted to do it. That means 3 things: Serious prayer, spending time in the word and fasting in order to cut out distractions. I started pretty light – my prayer was very simple:
“Lord, I really want this, but if you’re not going there with me, I don’t want to go. Please give me a really clear and tangible sign on what I should do”.
Hey, it may not have been the most complex prayer but God heard me and He answered. Loud and clear, multiple times.
It was the day of my first meeting in regards to the new role – I was facing a massive uphill battle. Before driving to the office that morning, I sat down and had breakfast reading my bible – just going through my plan in the New Testament. The reading that day was from Acts 16. My jaw dropped as I read the title – I am attaching a picture from my bible that I read – the title of that day’s reading was “The Call to Europe”. How awesome is God?! Yep- that was clear enough that even I could get it:) That was exactly the encouragement I needed. My meeting went great and some time passed and as I began my interviews and process of transition I started fasting, praying and seeking God even more.
What followed was nothing short of extraordinary – God answering and giving confirmation at every step of the way in ways that really makes sense to me and are quite obvious. There was sign after sign, confirmation after confirmation. EVERYTHING worked out perfectly in His Grace. Long story short, got the job, gave away most of my things, hopped on a plane and followed my dreams. [Side note- as a result of this experience I highly recommend fasting to everyone. Combined with a dose of prayer and faith- it’s absolutely amazing]
Im writing to you today from my flat in West London. It’s been about 9 months since I moved here, and God has been amazing. Of course there have been tough times, but what I decided to do was whenever I was in a bad spot: Just worship more and more. And worship away the bad times. What I thought was going to be a limited experience to Europe has turned into a Global adventure: Everywhere from Tokyo to Mumbai to Paris to San Francisco. And I can share with you there’s nothing in this world, nothing, like the feeling of being on an journey 1:1 with the Lord and fully immersing yourself in His Grace.
Be encouraged! God is good! He has a perfect plan for you with perfect timing. I am not sure what’s next for me. But with the Lord as my rock and my compass, I can’t wait to see whats next: He has a perfect track-record