13 August 2008

leap

this photograph, taken on our recent visit to whidbey island, seems analogous to our current stage of life.

we are pondering stepping into the unknown...



(an excerpt from a letter i wrote recently to a dear, far away, friend)

...we are continuing to process & plan for the next steps in our lives. terrace is so beautiful & there have been many, many positives to our life here. we've been active-hiking, biking, running & playing on a soccer team -we've had a lot of fun with daniel's parents - & we've continued to deepen our friendship with one another.

but its been a struggle in other ways & we've felt restless.

last week we interviewed with mennonite central committee (MCC) & were accepted for a three year service term. we're now at the stage of looking for a placement & are looking at southeast asia. we feel excited, but also quite nervous about the three year commitment.

we really want to rest in the Lord & trust Him if He opens the doors for us to serve with MCC, but terrace feels so safe & our life here so cozy & the idea of leaving our families & friends for such a long period of time is scary. i'm trying to remember that even if we don't choose the "right" next steps (if there is such a thing) that God will not abandon us, but will be with us, even in the midst of the struggles & challenges & our fears.

...I think He may be asking us for a leap of faith; please pray that we would have the courage to jump...

2 comments:

SuJ'n said...

that picture is gorgeous!

i've been thinking of y'all and hoping for a sense of peace as you decide what to do next. "safe" is not a word i've EVER use to describe you as individuals or as a couple. i know that wherever you go and whatever you do, in N America or abroad, you will create movement, progress, and change.

Zack said...

We'll pray for you guys. And hey, I tried calling earlier today, and your outgoing message sounded like "RRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHBUHBUHBUHBUHAmanDDDDDDDDDDDRRRRRRRRbeepRRRRRRRRr..." So, I don't know if you got the message I left. We've been inundated with guest recently, so today was the only time I had to return your call from Wednesday, sorry.