We have come a long way. He has brought us a long way.
And I’m not only speaking of geographically—although that has happened as well. I’m speaking of spiritually, emotionally, mentally.
It has almost been a year since we got on that plane to leave Nepal. Tears streaming as we took off. After selling all we owned, we sold everything we owned again to move back to the States. We said goodbyes again. And we left.
And we questioned. And we prayed. And we talked about it. And we stayed silent over it. And we processed it. And we cried. Oh, did we cry. And then we came back to the same place—peace.
Not because we understand. Not because it was an easy move. But because, based on the information we had at the time, we knew we did not need to stay. And we felt He was leading us to be His more than to be in a certain place.
So here we are. And we are in a good place. A place where we don’t have all the answers. We don’t even pretend to. Yet we know we are His. We know we are desperately in need of Him each minute of each day.
Last year challenged us in ways we could not have even fathomed. And this year, we will not live in regret. We have been through the “what ifs” and the “should haves.” And we have arrived at: …but God, in His sovereignty, has allowed us to be here.
We are here. We are learning more about who we are in Him. As we are navigating being in a place where we never thought we would be, we are thankful to Him and He is teaching us to seek Him in a new way. Far different from our culture’s understanding of what it means to seek Him. He is changing us—molding us—making us new again.
“So take me back—back to the beginning.
When I was young. Running through the fields with You.” (United Pursuit)
He makes all things new again. It will be a process of stripping off the old and rebuilding again. It will be painful. It will require a loss of what you thought was supposed to be there. It will mean a humbling of yourself. It will mean focusing all of your attention and thoughts upon Him.
But God…He brings hope. He speaks life into being and He changes our old to something new.
“You cannot change; yet You change everything.” (All Sons & Daughters)