I admit it. I’m a hobbit. I love my home, my hobbit hole, and I almost never want to leave it. I rather begrudgingly go on social calls or to parties, and keep glancing at the clock when I do. Home is my school, my work, my sanctuary. And I am sure that for most of my life, I will continue to feel this way. However, the road of my life has taken a major, unexpected bend lately and it’s leading me somewhere both exciting and scary. Somewhere hobbits never go.
On an adventure.
I won’t take the time now to tell all of the amazing ways in which God has set up the recent events in my life. It would be better told together on a front porch drinking tea. (If you’re interested to hear the whole story, swing by my house one day after work. I’ll make the tea.) But I do want to explain to all of you why I haven’t blogged in a while. The fact is, I’ve recently started working full time! Working outside the home has never been on my horizon. I’ve done lots of babysitting jobs, sewing jobs, etc., all from home. Getting up early and trudging off to work never appealed to me. But when a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go on a trip to Europe with her, I suddenly decided that getting up early and trudging off to work didn’t sound so bad after all. 🙂
These past several weeks have been a whirlwind of change for me. I have never worked outside the home even part time. Now I’m working 40 hour weeks. I have never been outside of town by myself, and in September I’ll be headed off across the sea. As difficult as these changes have been, and as scared as I get sometimes just thinking about it, I know that God has everything under control. He has made it abundantly clear that this is His will for me at this time in my life. And as I’ve always been taught, and know from experience, the safest place to be is in the center of the Lord’s will.
I am incredibly, unspeakably, amazingly excited about going to Europe!!! I cannot even begin to describe how excited I am! Our trip itinerary includes two weeks in London, a few days in Paris (I finally get to practice my French in real life!) and a few days in Scotland. Seeing as how 90% of the movies I watch, the actors I love, the books I read, the historical heroes I admire and the authors I adore all hail from England, I can’t really even fathom that in a few short months I’ll be standing on British soil for the first time in my life. I cannot wait to eat at the Eagle and Child where Lewis and Tolkien first discussed The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings. I cannot wait to see with my own eyes the spot where two of my heroes, William Wilberforce and William Pitt, are buried. I cannot wait to walk the hills at Beatrix Potter’s farm, Hilltop, and see the landscapes that inspired her stories. In other words – I cannot wait!
I confess, I have been discouraged a few times lately. Work is hard. Being away from home is hard. Especially for a hobbit like me. But whenever I’m discouraged, I try to remember two things:
1) I am right where God wants me, and He is using me to bless others right where I am.
2) This is an adventure. And it’ll be the adventure of a lifetime.