I'm probably one of a small group of Northern Black girls who listens to the country music group, Rascal Flatts. (If you don't listen to them, its worth a try.)
On one of their more recent albums they have a song called "I Have Never Been to Memphis". Gary LeVox, the lead singer goes through all the differences between where he lives, California, and where the love of his life lives, Memphis, TN. As he sings through the verses, he starts to describe what Memphis is like. It's very different from California and no where near what he is used to. But through it all, he never once speaks badly of it. Instead, he starts to talk about how he will find the things he likes and learn to love it because so long as she (his true love) is there, that's where he wants to be. He has never been there before, and it may be a bit scary to leave, but his main point is that so long as his love is there, he knows everything else will work out.
Listening to the lyrics for the first time made me think, "what if I decided to take that type of mindset with God?" A lot of times, I find He calls me out to places and tasks that are new and not my usual place of comfort. Most times, I like where I am when He calls me away. I've gotten used to that place, I know where everything is, I've become accustomed to the environment, and it's become so safe. Compared to where I am, that new place is a bit too scary. But then there's "Memphis", a place that's foreign but better than where I am because at the end of the day, THAT is where the lover of my soul resides.
"Memphis" is different for everyone. Sometimes it's a literal new location, new placement, new role, new job, new mindset, new responsibility, new gifting, etc. When God calls us to our Memphis, it's best to just keep in mind that so long as He called us there, much like Gary was, we will be well taken care of.
So let's go to Memphis...
Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."