So for those of you who have followed my blog for any period of time it may come as a shock to you that I resigned from my job last October. I had been feeling a lack of satisfaction for some time and about 2 years ago I went to my church to tell them I would like to go ‘full time’ but the one thing that was stopping me was my salary. I couldn’t see how I could afford to live on a significantly smaller salary. My wife and I were in the process of buying our first house and feeling like we were getting nowhere.
So, last October we made the decision that I would resign, we would sell and house and we would all move to Bali. We prayed and we fasted and we didn’t get a straight up ‘No’ so we did it. From October to June dragged but the time finally came.
We had a guy who agreed to buy the house and we were happy with the price. I had no intention of looking for a job when we moved to Bali. I have been teaching for 10 years and felt like I needed a break. My brother plays internet poker for a living and said he could teach me to make enough to get by. As crazy as it sounds I decided that would be my plan until God did something.
So we moved and low and behold the guy who was buying our house fell through. We were living in a boarding house, our money running out VERY fast, no income, no job and no prospects. My mother in law was talking about buying us a house at one stage but I prayed to God and told him “I don’t want a house from my mother in law, I want a miracle from you !!”.
Through all the planning to move I had never doubted that God would provide. I clung to his promises that he would give us each day our bread, both spiritual and worldly. I quoted to my wife verses about not worrying about what we would eat and drink and so on.
But then I started to doubt. I would sit awake all night wondering what would happen when the last few hundred dollars ran out. If it was just me or even me and my wife yeah ok but we have two little girls WHAT WERE WE GOING TO DO ???
And then it happened. God provided the perfect house for us. We scrapped together the money to send for our stuff from Surabaya. Then he lined up an amazing opportunity as a shareholder in a company that teaches English online. A guy I knew briefly had a contract to teach a school using software of his and asked me if I would like to become a partner. He knew of my experience and he knows God and he knew, as did I that God had lined it up.
We started teaching at the school today. The Principal loves the program and told us that the foundation that has the school has 24 other schools in Indonesia. Our company could become very successful, very quickly.
One of the main reasons I left work was to spend more time with my family. Now I work from home and can home school my kids. I also wanted to live a healthier lifestyle, now I eat fresh fruit and great food prepared at home and ride my bike 5 minutes to the beach to go for a run every morning and a swim every afternoon with my family.
I look back and see that I was like Peter stepping of the boat and walking on water. I left my job and believed and trusted. But then I looked around and I got scared. But He was there and I did feel like ‘Ye of little faith’.
What a great God I serve , He can be trusted !! When you ask him for bread He doesn’t give you stones but all you needed and more!!
Matthew 7: 9-11
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!