For the third time in my life, I am ready to let go of many of my possessions and fly to Taiwan. We have 6 bags of luggage room available to us, so there are many things we can take, but big things are going bye.
Today, I remembered that these next few short weeks are the last days of us, with little Naomi, doing things the way we have been for the last year and a half. Soon we will be doing things in a new way. It’s not bad to leave. It’s an adventure. I want to soak it up here though, so much we have been through in these quick five years that I don’t want to forget the little things.
I think back to my time in Taiwan, and I always try to remember what my doorways and elevators looked like. The most mundane and used spots throughout your day, but ten years later you realize you are starting to forget what your first room in a place looked like. A place that helped shape you, challenged you, where you made friends and learned about life.
I always think about the new earth, and the city that God is going to build there. It’s going to be a huge place, I hope it is gigantic. I want to explore it. But more than that, I want to be able to cherish the thought that in eternity I never have to think the thought that I won’t be back to a place. I will have forever to revisit friends and places, and I won’t feel sad or nostalgic.
We are ready. I feel fear dropping away, and a sense of adventure with God growing on us. It is an unknown in most things for our future in Taiwan. Here we go.
My first time in Taiwan I had next to nothing. Very little money, meager possessions, no language skills, but I did have God guiding me. I learned a lot. Changed much, and felt much.
Second trip to Taiwan I had more. More experience, more connections, more purpose and plan. I gained a wife, started a life, and put down some roots there.
This time, trip number three, I have the most. Not in possessions or skills, but in support and connection. This time we are not going alone, you are going with us. God is planning to teach us all something, and through our partnership we will do more.
22 Days until we leave.