It is hard to believe that it was only a year ago that we sold most of our belongings and packed up everything else that was left to ship to Africa. I remember saying, “in just a few months we will be arriving in Togo.” At the time, our departure had seemed so far off. Now, in just a few days, we will be arriving in our new homeland.
What are we feeling as the reality of our move to Togo approaches? To be honest, it is hard to describe. At times we are so excited that we can’t wait to get there. Then follows periods of doubt and fears, certain that we are not ready. We worry and fret over details and then a day goes by when what seemed to be a big problem irons itself out and we breathe a deep sigh of relief. We have good feelings about the future and then we start to wonder just what the future really holds. The bottom line is, we are ready to get there. We gain strength and courage knowing that our God has gone before us.
The Psalmist says it best: Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:7-10 (NIV)