British chocolate arrived in the post this morning. Belated Easter chocolate from the Bicknell side of the family. It’s hard to resist the urge to gobble it all up at once instead of making it last.
I’ve thought a lot about our friends today while I’ve been sitting at work cutting out crafts for story-time. It’s a holiday in England so Facebook posts from across the pond have been about barbecues and get togethers and fun. My friends and family having fun with people who are not us. It’s easy to slip into nostalgia.
Last night at our ‘Together Asking God’ meeting, we were counting the cost, committing our lives again to doing whatever God wants us to do, going wherever he will take us. While I reflected on that a bit today, I thought about the people we’d left to come here. Friends who we’d known for 20 years, friends who’d known us since before we were married, friends who’d known our kids since they were born, who we’d been alongside in the ups and downs of life, at each other’s weddings and birthdays and just to hang out. Friends who knew us inside out, not to mention our own families. Friends and family who let us go and who are carrying on with what God has called them to do.
Here we find ourselves on the edge of something once again. In a time when people will soon be going to places across this nation and beyond. I know what that feels like and I know it’s okay. In the mystery of God’s will he sends people out here and there, to plant churches in this place and that place – sometimes a few miles away, sometimes the other side of the world. It’s a leap of faith and one we’re thankful that we took to come here. There’s a lot of letting go of everything familiar and comfortable, which throws us right into God’s arms, trusting him for everything.
We’re blessed with a great church to be a part of here and friends who are dear to us. When we moved it was like coming to another branch of our own family. That’s one of the things that so great about the Newfrontiers family of churches. Instant connection. I want to make the most of the time I have with these people, because on this earth we may not have a lot of time together – there’s work to be done and people to be reached, people who have never known real love or friendship, let alone God’s love for them. There lies the real urgency…