(Pics taken at Luxembourg Garden)
Well, we’ve been here for over one month, and we’re getting ready to take off Monday morning. It’s hard to believe we’ll be back in the States in less than 72 hours. This trip has been so great – more than I could have expected or planned for. We’ve met and talked to a couple dozen people, walked miles upon miles in our future home city, and God has been so present with us as we’ve journeyed through it all. We’ve had some incredibly long, busy, and exhausting days. We’ve also been bored. Paul’s theory is that you haven’t really experienced life somewhere until you’ve been there long enough to become bored.
Paul and I have literally heard people say to us: “Sure, Paris would be a fun city to live in. But it’s about time to grow up, get a ‘real’ job, and do something with your life.” When that was said to us, to be honest, it broke my heart. I understand that not everyone will “get it.” It’s not my job to change your opinion or make you get it. It’s my job to be faithful to what God has called us to. This isn’t just some fantasy or dream that we conjured up. Believe me – I dont think it’s going to prove very fun to be living 4000 miles away – away from family, friends and our community we love, all in a culture we dont know. But God has asked us to put it all on the line for Him. He doesn’t ask everyone to do this…and I think it’s why I have to take it so seriously.
I feel so blessed to have been able to take this trip. Leading up to it, I was really unsure of what the trip would look like, if we’d get affirmation or not, or just how – in general – it would go. There were definitely high and low points, but all in all God has proven Himself more faithful and loving than ever. He has affirmed my love and desire for this city.