If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that the future both thrills and terrifies me at the same time.
(Aside re. photo: this is a near-perfect way to drink coffee… we learned how to do it from a waitress in Cairns, Australia back in 2003)
What thrills me?
We’re at an awesome point in life:
- This Canadian family gets to live in France.
- We have no mortgage, no car loan & no debt.
- We do have our health (although I could be a few pounds lighter!).
- We’re in the will of God for our life… involved in growing the church in Western France.
What scares me?
The unknown aspects of the future:
- We live in a culture that is foreign to us (even to Liz).
Speaking the language and being a “cultural insider” are not one and the same.
- We don’t know exactly how long we will be here.
- Dominic needs (& wants) braces & in our 40’s, retirement planning pressure is a consideration.
- Our income is not what it would be in a “traditional” employment situation.
- We sometimes wonder if “the plan” will work out.
Do I have the answers?
No. Though I like to have things fairly well mapped out. I like to see “Plan A”, and have contingency plans “B” and “C” in case “A” doesn’t happen quite as planned. Right now though, there are too many variables.
How am I not in full blown panic mode?
Oh…. there are days when I come close, but ultimately, where my vision is limited, God sees the big picture (Isaiah 46.9-11)…
9 I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring (& orchestrating) the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: 11 … I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.
As a result… Jesus gives me peace…
He told his disciples (John 14.27)… “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.“
When we accept to search out, and endeavor to be in, God’s will to the best of our ability, then he is free and eager to step in with his ability where ours falls short.
If we were having coffee… I’d tell you that I appreciate your willingness to listen. Sometimes I just need to get things out of my head. Often, when I say them out loud… the answers seem clear, but I need to sit down & talk it OUT rather than continually running it OVER (and over, and over…) in my head.
Finally… If we were having coffee… I’d also be glad to hear what’s filling your head (and your days). There are things about your life that are an example to me and I’m glad to learn from you.
Man! I’m looking forward to coffee together some time!
Love the article, cheers to coffee and the unknown future, (which were both made by God).
Wow. We really were on a similar wave-length. Great thoughts.
Thanks for this post Bro. Long! Needed it. My husband and I have been through the ringer the past few months. With damage to our RV and changes at my husband’s job. God is still in control even when things are seemingly out of balance. All things work for good to those who love God!
I feel ya.
How many times we’ve shared that awesome version of coffee…..miss you but excited to see God’s provision for you in all these areas of concern.
When things look bad, look around I am share you will find someone whose problems make yours look small. Living in France is a plus as you ar learning about a different culture. Good luck!
Thank you Betty, good of you to stop by & leave an encouraging word!