“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come”
– Revelation 22:17
God is constantly inviting. Inviting us to mercy, redemption, resurrection. Inviting us to Him. The invitation is beautiful. Responding to it, however, is often scary. Whether it’s having to face your sins, accept the process of conversion, or suffer through the pains and death or life on the road to eternal life. It’s scary. It’s uncomfortable. It’s necessary.
A little while back, as the Church entered into the Year of Faith, I prayed with uncalculated cost, “Lord, I don’t want to live a life that makes sense to the rest of the world. Call me out of the boat.” Insert foot in mouth. If we have the courage to pray it, God is always ready to answer it. The answer may not be what we thought or even what we want, but it will be His answer, so it will be good. It has to be good. When I prayed that prayer, God answered. He answered with an invitation. An invitation to leave comfort, to leave the seemingly good, to leave family and friends, to leave California. In a nutshell, He answered with an invitation to trust Him. This isn’t exactly what Brittany and I want (Who would want to leave such an amazing community of family and friends?) but more than our want of familiarity, we are blessed with the burden of wanting to be faithful to Christ and to His call. That’s the only thing that will carry us beyond this lifetime.
In hearing God’s invitation, we are trying our best to step out of the boat. He is calling us to come into the unknown, into the insecure, but most of all, into Him who allows Himself to be known, who promises to be secure. One of my favorite authors once wrote, “There is no security in what God is doing. There is only security in who God is. This great God that we serve will throw us into situations beyond us with no other thought than that His great heart will sustain us.” Despite the very real fears Brittany and I have, we know that He cannot possibly fail us. He is the God who sustains. Through this process of allowing ourselves to be sustained, not by our power but by His, we are gently led along the path of redemption. We slowly continue to lose ourselves only to be found in Him. Only in the waves of change are we able to experience just how lovingly and immovably secure the Anchor of our souls really is.
In response to God’s constant invitation, to the best of our feeble understanding and discernment, Brittany and I are moving out to Atlanta, Ga. I will be taking a position with Life Teen International where I hope to continue serving the Church in whatever capacity I am called to. More than the job, and more than the move, this change is centered on God’s call to our vocation of marriage and, hopefully soon, parenting. For the first time since our marriage, Brittany and I will have similar work schedules and be in a place where we can spend time together and grow in love for Christ and each other, as well as begin to build a home for future family. We are incredibly excited about what God has in store for us.
St. Thomas More has been more of blessing than I can put into to words. The community there has been so supportive and encouraging in the struggle that is youth ministry. I can’t thank God enough for you. You are, and will always be, our family.
My last day at STM will be 1/12/14. We will be making the move in the following months, probably sometime in March. Until then we hope to see you around the parish.
Brittany and I would be incredibly grateful if you would keep us in your constant prayers. You will be in ours. We love you.
David & Brittany Calavitta