“What I appreciate about Zach & Míša is that they are in Prague, they’ve put their roots down and they’re there for the long haul,” one pastor shared during our trip back. I was moved upon hearing this, it reminded me of what we shared from Jeremiah 29:7. This verse has impacted our church and our church’s vision, but in the last few years this section has impacted our family and how we’re living,
“Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease.” vv. 5-6
Míša and I have a growing conviction that God wants us to invest more deeply into the city of Prague and put our roots deeper than we ever thought. As we read the whole of Jeremiah 29, God has called us to be fully present for the long haul in Prague. This has moved us to decisions that I never thought I would be considering or moving towards – being a co-owner of something, pursuing Czech citizenship (I can now be dual citizen) and more.
We believe this is what God has called us to, as he called the Israelites that were exiled in Babylon to build, plant and multiply for their good and more importantly the good of the place that God has brought them to. God has called us as a family to put roots down, to build, to plant, to multiply, to pray for the good of our great city, to seek her welfare and to keep our eyes off the airport. He’s called us to be ALL there and be ALL IN. In some ways this is pragmatic, because to see deep, lasting change we need to have a long-view approach, it is also a decision to be fully present. As we have inched closer to this, I have had my moments of fear, but God continues to draw us to Him and to the city that has become our home.
Has God called you to put roots down to where he has called you? What prevents you from doing that? What is he calling you to do in this moment?
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