Something I have learnt about big changes is that people ask the same two questions. Firstly, am I excited (yes) closely followed by am I nervous. The truth is I’m not at all, this decision has been a peachy breeze.
My friend Gareth is in London for work at the moment and he sent me this picture today, with the caption ‘Your soon to be city’:
Yes, I know there are going to be some tough moments. No, I haven’t decided on a job yet. No I don’t know where I will live and I don’t have any family or any close friends there. Yes I have lived in Cape Town for 29 years straight. Change? Hit me with it.
I think the peace I feel is mostly, if not all, because I am attempting to live my life flat out for One who transcends time, place, space, nation and routine. He is above and beyond any obstacle. He has counted every tear, lifted my chin countless times and put a joy in my heart that nothing in the world can steal. He knew me before I took my first breath and knows when I will take my last.
That kind of knowing, His everlasting arms beneath me, I take with me wherever I go. Even if I wanted to run from Him, to forget I have known Him these ten years, I would be attempting the impossible.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
Yes I am excited, no I am not afraid. 22 days and counting.