In 2003 I packed up two suitcases and moved from Australia to Northern Virginia, USA. As a seasoned international traveler my older brother had told me that before moving countries it would be wise if I had $10,000 in the bank. However, at the wise age of 21, I didn’t want to wait three plus years to save that amount of money. In my hubris, I withdrew the remaining $1200 I had scraped together after my plane ticket, packed my bags, and hopped on a plane to New York City.
My landing into the US was nothing short of rocky—and I’m not talking about the plane. In hindsight $10,000 in the bank would have been really nice. Since I didn’t have a work visa, I had no legitimate way to replenish my dwindling funds.
Despite my ignorance at the time, God did what he does best in what would be considered an impossible situation. He provided a way for me to be sponsored by my local church to obtain a religious worker visa, and that combined with an opportunity to teach piano and a steady diet of Cheerios and milk I was able to make ends meet day by day.
Twelve years later I was married, had three kids, became an ordained minister, and continued in a wonderful job at the same church that sponsored me over a decade prior. At that time, I began to sense a specific call from God to plant a church in San Francisco.
San Francisco? This sounds expensive! Except this time, it wouldn’t just be me and two suitcases. Now it would involve my family of five plus seven team members who were also called to follow. Yikes! Cheerios and milk would certainly not suffice this time.
At this point I could go into all the details of how God showed up in multiple impossible situations by providing for not some of our needs—but by providing for all of our needs. He provided a home for us to live in in the city, funds to afford it, a school for our kids, and a place for our church to meet and grow—all in an impossible place.
The God who provided for me in 2003 as a young kid moving countries was the same God who provided and continues to provide for our every need here in San Francisco today. So, in case you aren’t sure of God’s ability to provide for you in what He is calling you to do please let me assure you—He will!
God eats impossible for breakfast.