I will never forget the crisp autumn day in 2003 when my then boyfriend/now husband told me he wanted to move to Los Angeles. He had always dreamed of living in Los Angeles, since he was a kid, growing up in Cleveland. I had never thought Los Angeles would be a part of my story, but then again, I didn’t know where life would take me. So, walking down Halsted Street in Chicago, he told me he wanted to move…soon.
My response was “OK, then I am coming with.”
After a heated discussion and then a cooling off period, it was decided that we would move together at the beginning of 2004, which would give us a few months to save money, plan the trip, figure out a place to live, etc. I look back on that decision as one of the LEAPS I have taken in my life. And honestly, I was excited for something new, something different, even if we did not know a soul in LA.
When you go somewhere where no one knows you, it gives you a fresh start, and at that time in my life, I needed that. I think we both did.
Fast forward to 2020, and our most recent LEAP together…leaving Los Angeles…for now. Sixteen years in a city makes it home, and for me, I believe Los Angeles is my home and that God is not done with either of us there. We have roots there, friends that are family, and ties to many significant things, including the entertainment industry.
I definitely am excited for the time when we will be back in Los Angeles, especially since our time away is full of purpose as part of our assignment to grow our production company, work on our TV series, and everything else God is throwing our way.
God showed us His plan for us right now (see I Had A Dream) and we said YES to doing what He has asked. So, in a matter of days, we packed up our essential belongings, gave away all our furniture, rented a trailer to pull behind the car, and left LA. It was fast and furious, freeing and a little fearful, but also easy and full of peace. It was a giant LEAP OF FAITH.
Not having a plan forces you to trust in God’s Plan, which is always better than our plans ever will be.
I was recently asked how I know that my dream is from God. My response was based on the answers to the following questions.
- Is God asking me to do something that goes against His Word?
- When I pray about the dream, do I get a sense of peace?
- When I share my dream with others, do they believe it is God speaking?
In trusting God and believing in the promises in His Word, I am filled with peace. We both received confirmation from others and incredible support with whatever we needed, in order to follow where God is leading.
The urgency in which we left Los Angeles was nuts, but everything lined up. We had no hiccups, no red flags, and no problems. Even in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.
Would I have chosen to leave Los Angeles, not knowing what was going to happen, not having a plan for what is ahead, and in a matter of days? Absolutely not. Did I LEAP BEFORE LOOKING? Sure did. And now, a few weeks later, I can look back and know that I know that I know: God is leading us every step of the way.
In fact, God is leading you, too, if you are willing to listen. I encourage you to lay aside your own desires, your own plans for your life, and trust Him. When God asks, “Whom can I send? Who will go for us?” Let’s truly say, “Here I am. Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)
As we drove on the surprisingly busy freeway (it is LA, after all, even in the midst of Covid-19), we prayed with our pastors and friends that are our family through a Zoom call. With tears flowing, we laughed together, prayed together, and encouraged each other, and look forward to the next time we are together in Los Angeles.
God has more in store for us in LA, and it is not for our own selfish desire. He will get the glory and His people will be blessed.