We have past the one month mark of being on the go, but it was an even greater milestone because it was by far the most hectic part of our trip. Bouncing from Greece to Italy to Croatia & back by trains, buses, and boats (and the many hours spent on each of those) we discovered the not so glamorous side of traveling.
The heat, by no surprise, is playing a big part as our already limited wardrobe has become even more minimized, down to the combined four short-sleeved shirts we have & are currently living in. We had hoped leaving after summer would mean escaping the blistering heat of Southern California in September and October to go to the (actual) season of fall in Europe. To our surprise, it’s hot here too. The days have become more and more frustrating as we have spent several sleepless nights on ferries, long days hauling our bags around cities, with no time to fit in a good run and the constant pressure to tour and consume. All contributing to this longing of wanting to set down roots, of wanting a place to call home. We were talking with each other and realized if this trip was our own, we would retreat back to Ireland and start looking for apartments ASAP. We are craving a place to call home, and a good Starbucks (because let’s be real, everyone loves a good Starbucks).
By no means have we lost sight of the blessing this trip is to our lives. It is a dream come true- but as with every dream, there are the mountain tops and there are valleys. It’s easy to share the mountain tops, and by the grace of God we’ve experienced several that we have loved to share. But even as we said before, we’re not meant to live in those moments – and this is our time of trekking through the valley. Yes, we chose this – we planned, we saved, and said the many hard goodbyes. Leaving behind our families, friends, & comforts, has not been easy. We crave connections, the people who know us best, and the ability to sit down with each of you, over a good cup of coffee, and live with you through all the ups and downs of life. But instead, we are living with limited wifi & feeding on conversations via email. But in the midst of living out of a suitcase with scarce conversations with those from home, we are learning the continual lesson that Christ is our home, our dwelling place. He is wherever we are & wherever we will continue to go, and in the end, that is enough. We knew life would look differently as we stepped into this new path, but by coming on this trip we are walking the path He wants us to walk, realizing anything else would be disobedience.
Even with this strong desire to retreat the heat & glamour-less days of traveling, we still feel an overwhelming sense of peace from The Lord knowing this is exactly where we are supposed to be. We are still waiting upon The Lord for a glimpse of revelation to see more of His vision for this trip, but even in the waiting, we can see so many of His fingerprints all over our trip – playing the game of “Divine connect-the-dots” as we see how God has been faithful and provided beyond our wildest dreams & looking ahead in anticipation at His continual faithfulness.
Ultimately, we are learning to walk the path we’ve been affirmed to be on, through all the highs and lows. We’re learning to slow down, step back, and that taking a Sabbath day to stay in your comfies till 2pm is okay, even when your in a new place. We’re finding laughter in the moments of frustration & impatience : in the moments of food spilling, glass breaking, & scavenging euros for a good cup of coffee. We know we’re where we’re meant to be and that is the truth we hold tightly too and pray through. As we walk confidently covered by His promises, we urge you to do the same. Find your home in Christ no matter where you are, His promises never return void. And as you leave the ways of the world behind, stop and sit in the presence of The Lord, for He is all you truly need.