Road Trip: Day 2

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I love my wife. I love traveling with her, and adventuring with her. I love learning to listen to her, and I love growing to understand her point of view. I love what she brings to my life, and how she challenges and changes me. This is probably a good thing.

This is our first big adventure together. Well, not quite. But it is certainly our biggest adventure together, and certainly our newest adventure. And we both bring very different things to it.

Sarah is a veteran road-tripper. She is an expert in looking for the little things on the journey, for seeing the humor, the entertainment, the joy in traveling and experiencing new things. Where other people become frustrated and road weary, Sarah sees little nuggets of pure gold. Many people travel so that they can learn to appreciate being at home. Sarah travels because she feels an inner impulse to travel. She does not weary of traveling: instead, it sustains her. Being on the road only whets her appetite for adventure.

And Sarah likes the strangest things. Those parts of travel that people always complain about? Those are usually her favorite moments. One time, she and Rachel took an intentional and voluntary eight hour layover in the Colorado Springs airport. Yes. They arrived at 5.30 for a 2.30 flight. And they had the time of their lives.

I, on the other hand, am a veteran pilgrim. Well, not quite. But I am at least a veteran of thinking about pilgrimage in the abstract. I have not yet perfected my ability to find God in my footfalls, and the divine in insecurity and ambiguity. But these are things I have come to value through reflection and hearing the call of God through the Scriptures.

I remember being very young, and lying in bed, and reading the account of the commissioning of the apostles. “Don’t take a second tunic, or pair of sandals, or bag for your journey,” instructed Jesus. “Go in poverty, preach the Gospel, rely on the hospitality of strangers.” I used to lie in bed and imagine what that would be like, what that would feel like. But I was always a bit too cautious and a bit too responsible. I thought I would never find the courage to make such a journey.

While I can’t say that I’m totally ready for what lies ahead, I have chosen a partner who spurs me onward. It’s not entirely accurate to say “There’s no turning back now.“ We could turn back; it would be embarrassing, and inconvenient, but not all that challenging. But we have crossed an important threshold. It is now easier for us to go forward than to go back. Our strategy of strategic divestment has worked, and we are now on the road, under the big Montana sky, heading off to a long series of divine unknowns.

Pray for us!

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