Yesterday the house was full of new friends – breaking bread, talking about everything and anything. Most were young, enthusiastic, and still in university. Five countries were represented – England, Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands, and the US. The experiences, hopes, language, and views represented an even wider spectrum of hope.
In some ways, getting together represented a shift for our family. This was the first time that we played the “gray haired hosts” for kids still preparing for life. I can easily remember what this was like for me when I was young, and I still feel the same way about life and the future. I do not think you or I need to change, however, I do realize that age is catching up with us!
I find that my desires, dreams, and hopes are increasingly clear. Life may be complex in some ways. In others ways, the questions are few, clear-cut, and challenging. The same questions repeat themselves again and then again, almost as if we can never be one hundred percent sure that we are articulating our final answer.
Is this decision one that expresses my faith in God?
Does this moment fit within the values and priorities I hold close to my heart?
Do I trust God?
In many ways, the last question is the heart of every question.
Will I [you] trust God?
My answer in this moment as I write is a firm and absolute “yes, I trust you God”. It is in this spirit that I look forward to seeing you next. There are so many things that I want to share with you, but they can wait. My most intense desire is that you rest in Him so that you answer to the trust question will always be yes. There is no way of knowing what colors of life this will bring out, but it is the best way!
So I will wait, plan, dream, and listen to God. “My hope is that my visit with you is going to be one of Christ's more extravagant blessings.” (Romans 15.29)