Monday, August 10, 2009

The Big Move: An Update

So. For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past few months... Here's a little tidbit: I'm moving to Seattle.

3,200 miles across the country. That's no small hike, y'all.

In April, when I decided to take this internship, one of my main thoughts was, "moving across the country will teach me to get out of my comfort zone and trust God in ways I've never had to before."

Oh, brother.

Let me let you in on a little secret. Praying for trust is a little like praying for humility. The end result is good, but the process hurts like hell.

In the past week I have had at least one minor breakdown every single day. Here's what I've learned already: moving to a city you have never visited is terrifying. Trying to find housing in a city you know nothing about is a downright nightmare.

I've talked to enough people to know that the best living situation for me is going to be a room in Lower Queen Anne-- a neighborhood within walking distance from the theatre. Unfortunately, parking in Queen Anne, especially Lower Queen Anne, can be a little difficult, so I need to find a place that has parking included in the price. I also don't want to furnish anything but a bedroom, so that leaves out most studio or one bedroom places. And... did I mention I'm going to be living off of an 800 a month stipend (and hopefully some extra change from a part-time job). Sounds impossible, right?

It pretty much is.

But I serve a God who does impossible things for those who have faith.

"By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance obeyed and went, even though he didn't know where he was going." (Hebrews 11:8)

So I'm following Abraham's lead on this one and trusting (or at least trying to trust) God to provide for me, even though I have no idea how he will do it. It's really scary, and I know that not everything will turn out the way I expect it to, but I believe that his plan is perfect and that he will provide for me.

No matter what happens, I'm holding onto the promise of 1 Thessalonians 4:24--"The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it."


Of course, your prayers are always appreciated... and if any of you hear of open rooms in lower Queen Anne... do let me know ;)


  1. I'm saying some prayers for you!

  2. This move will be a defining adventure, no matter what the outcome. I moved from Indiana to Los Angeles in 2004. I knew 4 people on the west coast and got an apartment online. I'll tell you, it never occurred to me how crazy the decision was until I pulled up to the place a 2am. That was the first time I truly experienced Fear. However, when the sun came up and the palm trees casted a shadow by my window. I knew I would be okay and that I was truly brave.