"Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 'Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and proclaim to it the proclamation which I am going to tell you.' So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh according to the word of the Lord.” — Jonah 3:1-3

I was sitting on the edge of a cliff overlooking the rolling hills and forests south of downtown Chattanooga. The wind was incredible, the hawks floating in mid-air seeking their prey, overcast skies, and all the cares in the world on my shoulders.

That’s right, I was standing on the precipice of one of life’s big decisions: "What is my next step?”

A few weeks prior, I had received a call from a great friend and mentor of mine, Taka Iguchi, offering me a job back in Rockford, Illinois at what is now called Focus One — formerly Rockford Masters Commission. I knew the last place in the world I wanted to return to was Rockford. I remember hanging up the phone after that brief conversation thinking, “Lord, I will not, I repeat, not, go back to Rockford unless you make it abundantly clear that that is where we are supposed to be.

Tina and I knew that our ultimate goal was to be on the mission field so we decided to start looking for opportunities to see if God was stirring our hearts to make a move through that phone call. Long story short, the missions options weren’t working out, I was leaning toward going to Rockford, but I still needed some clarity before I could commit. The last thing I ever want to do is go anywhere God isn’t with me.

It was in that moment, on the edge of that cliff, my life in God’s hands, that he spoke to me. The winds were raging, but he wasn’t in the wind. He spoke in a still, small voice in my heart. Essentially, it said this: “This is the path that I have for you, I am with you and am preparing you for my service.”

Thinking back, I recall having dreams about being back in Rockford, and it turns out that the Lord has been preparing us for this all along. So here we go…we’ll keep you posted on what the Lord is doing.