Most of life is ordinary. What I mean by that is that while each day is full of ups and downs, the day soon fades into the distance as it is replaced by tomorrow and the day after that, and eventually you will no longer remember much, if anything at all, about that 24 hour period.
Other days will remain with you for the rest of your life. Often they come unannounced in the form of some tragedy or spectacular success that you couldn’t prepare for, but sometimes you know they are coming, and the fact they are coming defines all the days around them. They are usually milestone days. Days that mark the end of one era in your life and the beginning of another. The first day at school, the first day at high school, getting your license, getting your first job, getting married and your first child are all examples of milestone days.
I’m coming up to a milestone day. On 5th of December, my family and I will be boarding a plane to move to Canada for at least 12 months.
What is strange is that as I write this I am sitting in the very familiar setting of my personal office, surrounded by my books and the bits and pieces that make the office mine. My office window looks out on my backyard and my house and today they look beautiful with the brilliant sunshine of a spring day showing the greens of the grass and the trees and the blue sky to great effect. It all feels very normal, and yet I know that in 10 sleeps it will all be a memory and no longer my reality.
My new reality will be snow and cold and ice hockey.
Leaving the know for the unknown is never a simple thing to do. Ordinary can feel safe and the unknown never really feels safe.
We know its right to go to Canada, but the closer it gets, the less it is a romantic idea and the more it becomes a complex series of questions that don’t yet have answers. I love adventure, but I realise there is a part of me that also loves safety: and those two parts will always be in tension.
I’ve been thinking a bit about faith, and my experience is that the journey from the known to the unknown is very much what the journey of faith is all about. Hebrews 11 tells us that Abraham, “obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”
That step, to move outside the familiar, is never an easy step.
I’ll keep you posted as the journey unfolds….