Because You Say So…

By Published On: August 11th, 2017Categories: Musings0 Comments on Because You Say So…

This road we’re walking on is exciting, but it’s far from easy at times. Today’s to do list included everything from popping into Southampton for a few essentials from Go Outdoors, to packing our suitcases, to organising some bits of furniture which my wonderful sister-in-law Sarah will be taking off our hands as she starts setting up her new home. Nothing too major, or so I thought.

It’s funny, the things that set you off sometimes. It had already been a long day and dinner time was fast approaching when we took to the bedroom to empty a chest of drawers and bedside cabinet, readying them for their new home. All of a sudden, an inexplicable frustration seized me and I felt like weeping at the knowledge that I needed to find a new home for my hairdryer. Poor Dave bore the brunt of my irrational fury!

I doubt it’s the plight of my homeless hairdryer that really set me off. More likely it’s the uncertainty; it’s the feeling of standing at the edge of a precipice, readying myself to take a step into the unknown. It reminds me of that scene in Indiana Jones – the leap of faith – the need to cross the chasm without being able to see the bridge that will take you there.

There’s a reason they call it the comfort zone. It’s comfortable! And leaving it isn’t!

Tomorrow evening we’ll get on a plane and fly to Uganda for a week’s initial nose at where we’ll be living and what we’ll be doing. We’ll fly to a county that I will call home for a minimum of four years. After the next week, I know I will have a much better idea of what to expect, and I’m sure it’ll help to settle the restless butterflies.

And in those moments when it all seems a bit too much, a bit too overwhelming, a bit too terrifying, I’ll hold fast to the truth I know. I will echo the words of a former fisherman, and say, ‘because you say so, I will.’ (Luke 5:5) I’ll trust that as I stretch my foot out and take that first step into the unknown, leaving what is familiar and comfortable, that God will be ready to catch me! As the saying goes: nothing worth having comes easy. That’s not to say I’m expecting this new adventure to be difficult, but I know there will be moments, just like today, where things are harder than expected. That’s why I’m so glad I have a hope, an anchor for my soul, firm and secure.

And besides, I’m sure my hairdryer will be happy in its new cupboard!


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