We know a couple who was offered a 3 year job opportunity in Europe. At first, the wife was adamant she had no desire to leave family and friends, much less her country! Her firm answer was, “No!”
That was before the Lord gave her a new perspective; He began opening her eyes and heart to the adventure it would be to explore a new culture together. At this point they don’t have children, so the only adjustments would be for the two of them. She had honestly never thought about such a move in any other way than as an adversity! She surprised not only her husband, but herself when she said, “Yes!” only a few hours later. This was a year ago and they are currently in the middle of this great adventure!
And today I’m sitting in a hotel with a lifelong friend whose husband is taking a new job in another state! She is facing many changes all at once that can seem like great adversity, yet in picking out their apartment today, I witnessed first hand the vision and sense of adventure replacing the sense of dread!
It’s always hard to let go of one season to embrace a new adventure when you have no memories to attach to the new place, but they will certainly come. As husband and wife there is always more to our story, pages yet to be written. And since I’ve witnessed my faraway friend in Europe turn a sad thought into a grand adventure, I’m certain my friend here today will have amazing stories of God’s faithfulness to share with me one year from now!
It’s all in how we face the morrow – is it with joy or with sorrow?
God will give us joy for this is a promise! It just may not come in the way we thought or planned! I will miss my friend I’m with today like many others I’ve said goodbye to before, but there is great joy in knowing we are all fulfilling our part of God’s will on the earth – one day there will be no more sorrows, no more goodbyes, but for now – Let the Adventure begin…