I’m not very good at goodbyes and as a general rule I try to avoid them. I don’t mean to but it just seems to happen that way. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if I did not have this characteristic but Mr. Joe and I are a lot alike, so, I will apologize and admit that this is who we are.
By the time you read this, we may have already left, but rest assured…we love you, you are special and we are looking forward to seeing you again if not on this side, on the other.
God has been dropping different tidbits into my heart over the last few days. We are making our final preparations to leave and will actually be hitting the road in order to begin a very slow trek up to Colorado Springs late this afternoon.
We have been finalizing a lot of things. Monday night we finalized our wills. We had told a few people what our final wishes are but we felt very strongly that it was time to put it all down in a formal black and white document. Something that no one could argue with or point their finger at someone else saying that in fulfilling our wishes they may or may not have done the right thing, so we put our final wishes and requests in a document that is now sealed with notarized, witnessed signatures.
Yesterday, income tax for 2012 was finalized. Dusted the furniture; continued to declutter some areas that tend to catch the clutter.
Today, cleaned out the refrigerator and pantry…gave away what would not survive a six month absence.
Tonight laundry and then tomorrow morning final washing of dishes, Brita pitchers emptied and washed, packing the two suitcases each that we will take, saying some goodbyes to neighbors…tomorrow afternoon loading a sofa that we will drop off on the way, a few more loose ends, lock the door, get in the car, drive away.
Apprehensive? A little.
Excited? A little. (Almost afraid to be.)
It will be a new day. A new chapter. Another new beginning. We know that we are called by Him so we know that He has ordered our steps…ordered them just as He has ordered them up to this time in our lives.
Yes, we will be pulling up roots. No matter where we have ever gone, even for very short periods…even vacations…Mr. Joe and I start putting down roots. So…in this supernaturally safe, little college campus that God planted in one of the most dangerous parts of Southeast Dallas, Texas we have put down roots. We have touched others and more importantly many others have touched our lives. We will remember fondly, so many things and happenings, people and moves of the Lord in our lives.
A thought has fluttered into my mind…the bluebonnets will be blooming very soon, we may even see some as we are driving out of Texas. If we don’t, then it will be one of two springs in my life that I have not been in Texas to see them in the spring.
I was born in Dallas and four of 7 children whom I have gladly had a strong influence in raising were born in Dallas. Texas is part of my earthly heritage. When we cross over the border heading out of Texas we will be leaving part of ourselves behind.
Blood, sweat and tears have been planted into the soil of this dry, thirsty land called Texas by us. There will be reaping one of these days because of the planting. It’s time for us to move on and let God finish His work, because, honestly, we have no more to do here.
And…now it’s time to go to new territory, put down roots, plant elsewhere…I know that where ever we go there will be roots going down and when we leave those places part of ourselves will be left behind.
So, friends, fellow sojourners in this land that is not really our home, please keep us in your prayers.
Please remember us and lift us up if you think of us.
We will do the same.
I am hoping that I will be able to post weekly. Blogging, writing, journaling have been such a healing balm in my life. I can’t foresee that this fact will ever be different!
Honestly, I have never been comfortable anywhere for long and I know that (just like Abraham and Sarah) my Mr. Joe and I were destined for a home that He made for us somewhere else. Temporarily on earth and permanently in our heavenly home.
Love to all of you, you have all played a special part in our lives!
Bless you and Godspeed,