Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
~ Helen Keller
She’s looking me dead in the eyes when she speaks, a gaze so deeply penetrating its intensity makes me want to look away…but I can’t.
“God is getting ready to do a work in you not possible when you’re living in your comfort zone,” she tells me when I confide my secret. And to my concerns she says, “And He’s going to meet your husband and turn him inside out when he’s alone and questioning what in the world he’s doing.”
She speaks with such conviction and great assurance ~ a relative stranger! ~ but I want to believe her. I do believe her. You see,
my husband and I have learned it’s not in the easy times we’ve grown spiritually, it’s during those difficult seasons of struggle…
…when we want to go back to “Egypt,” to the familiar; not because we liked it but because we knew what to expect.
At mid-life, an adventure has been given to us, a door not merely opened but flung off the hinges, and our only response is to step into the unknown.
I explain the rest of the story in today's (in)courage post, where I tie together the threads of this week's seemingly random clues.
Thank you for those words today! You are speaking directly to my heart, my husband is changing careers this month and while he won’t be gone from us at all like your husband I am struggling with the change! My head tells me it’s all good but in my heart there is a different conversation happening! My biggest challenge like so many is trusting in provision during this transition, I am laying my burdens down daily-truthfully sometimes hourly- because I know I need to trust, ask for mercy and give thanks for all the wonderful blessings we have been given! I am just so Thankful for your post today, I will be saving that one to read again! And please know that you will be in my daily prayers!
It can be scary when a godly woman looks you in the eye and speaks.
Wow – What an exciting adventure you and your family are about to take. I’ll keep you in my prayers that this challenge will be faced with success!
You wrote: “But the truth is a man’s identity is tightly interlaced with his job; if his work life is suffering, he is suffering.” –
Oh how these words hit me today. Having a husband who works in the paper industry, I don’t think I really stopped to think how much my husband is suffering. His latest customer just filed Chapter 11. He.is.down.
He told his company he was willing to move – to transfer. Here we were thinking we’ll get sent South (or Oklahomaish) – and now I’m thinking, probably not.
God has a plan – I just have to hope he reveals it soon!
SOOO excited and prayerful for you and your sweet family! I’m really glad I don’t have to keep my mouth shut anymore. You are a treasure!
Oh, do I ever know that feeling of wanting to return to Egypt! It’s hard to follow the Trail Boss when you are in the wilderness. But He always provides and takes us through valleys, over mountains and into green pastures by quiet waters.