We were nomads.
We haven’t decided where we would settle down. We were torn between living in San Jose (Northern California) and Los Angeles (Southern California).
Our family struggled for weeks to decide on where to move. We weighed in the pros and cons, like Kurt’s school, the cost of living, the commute to work/school, etc.
Come to think of it, it was like starting from scratch all over again. I mean, why do we need to leave our comfortable life in San Jose, where we lived with our relatives? It was an advantage for us: No rent to pay and no responsibilities to think of.
But we weren’t called to move in the US to live a comfortable life; we were called to upgrade, we were called to improve our current situation. We were called to do great things and step out of our comfort zones. We were called to think out of the box, to strategize and work as one family. We were called to decide and to be firm in that decision.
Our decision was final and we decided to move to Los Angeles.
It was an emotional / financial rollercoaster for our family because there were a lot of factors we needed to consider, like where exactly in Los Angeles we would like to be in because the monthly price ranges differ per area, the proximity of Kurt’s school, etc.
So we came up with a strategy and decided to divide and conquer; mom and Kurt went ahead to LA to look for a 2-bedroom apartment, while Me and my dad stayed in San Jose to work and save up for the new place we were going to move in to.
On September 12, 2015, we finally moved to North Hollywood, where the Lord granted us a lovely 2-bedroom apartment at a very reasonable monthly price.
Our first photo in our new apartment
September 12, 2015
Me and Kurt’s Room
Mom and Dad’s room
The Living Room
The Dining Area
The area was perfect! It was 5 minutes away from Kurt’s school, very accessible to trains/buses and the community wasn’t that noisy or cluttered.
Almost all of our furniture was either given/donated to us, so we didn’t have to worry in filling up our new apartment.
Our move wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for our tita Lorna, who helped us with the credit requirements / financial support that was needed for the apartment.
The De Guia family, who allowed us to stay in their humble home in San Jose for almost 6 months and for driving us all the way to North Hollywood
And to the Victa family, for adopting Mom and Kurt while they searched for an apartment.
We had been through a lot of WOW (walking on water) moments where we had no choice but to step out of the boat, carrying nothing but His promises.
Yet, despite of everything that has happened, the Lord continues to prove Himself to us.
He has proven that He will go before us and will be with us till the end.
I am reminded of how Joshua must have felt when he was tasked to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land and succeed the leadership of Moses. He must have been overwhelmed by the journey he was about to take. He must’ve worried on how much burden this was for him. He must have weighed in the odds of them being killed by their enemies before reaching the Promised Land.
But God, thru Moses, spoke to Joshua saying:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you… The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
– Deuteronomy 31:5,8
You see, stepping out of the boat does not mean you already got your self together. You might still be heartbroken or recovering from a loss when God asks you to step out.
But that’s okay; no one’s ever ready to step out. That’s why we call it faith.
Hebrews 11:1 defines it as:
“[Faith] is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
FAITH means you jump off a cliff without knowing where you’ll be landing and HOPE means you are relying that there will be someone/something there to catch you.
Obeying Jesus and trusting Him was faith-stretching indeed! But because He was our hope, we were sure that no matter how strong the storm is, we will not be moved because we have anchored our faith in Him.
Months before I left the Philippines, I used the hashtag #SLMWMTIWB on my posts (it’s still searchable in Instagram by the way) to encourage everyone and to remind myself of the journey I will be taking on.
The hashtag means “Spirit Lead Me Where My Trust Is Without Borders”. This was taken from this famous worship song by Hillsong entitled Oceans.
The hashtag is a short prayer. A prayer for the Lord to lead me out of my comfort zone, to shake the boat to make me come out and to start living a faith-filled life.
A battlecry to enable me to trust Jesus; not only in the confines of my own boat, but also in the deep and vast ocean that is set before me.
I am here to encourage you, better yet, challenge you to step out of the boat.
Step out of your comfort zone. Step out of that routinary life you’ve been living. Step out of mediocracy and stop being too comfortable with your life right now.
Start walking on water, start doing what you love, start doing what God has designed you to do, start meeting new friends, start traveling and start doing something that scares you.
If you are looking for a sign, this is it.
Step out of the boat and start walking on water.
If you have a faith-stretching experience or if you have a story to tell regarding stepping out of your comfort zone, please please post it on Instagram and use the hashtag #SLMWMTIWB. I would love to see it!!