My wife has been reminding me to thank God for all the events that have lined up in our favor recently. We finally settled in to our new home after 3 hours of unpacking, following nearly four hours of driving, following five hours of loading the truck.
I was feeling pretty sore this morning, and wondering why. Then I realized that those twelve hours all took place in one day. It really felt like two days. Does that mean I slept on the drive from Kansas City to Ames? I was in a bit of a daze.
I’ve moved eleven times in my life; ten as an adult. The excitement of a new place makes it an overall bearable experience and sometimes a joy. Without it, the physical work and emotional stress is a killer. Once or twice in the past few weeks I kept thinking this move would literally do me in, if it were not for my family, the promise of a new location, and what felt at times, to be a tenuous thread to God.
This morning, I found a measure of consolation–from prayer, not from a full night’s rest. In one of Mark Link SJ’s reflection booklets, Challenge, he relates the striving of a championship basketball team. Has their run to the state title made them better friends, better Christians, their chaplain and coach ask? The connection for me was obvious. Will my move to Ames and my new parish set me on the road to being a better believer, a better husband and father, a better minister, a better friend? Yes, I thought. Yes it can, if I am open to it, with the help and grace of God.
May this change, and all our life’s changes inspire us to go deeper and better. Or at the very least, may they open us to the possibilities life in Christ provides for us. I also want to express my gratitude for prayers and e-mails sent to me. I have been remiss in thanking some people directly, but I’ve been touched by the concern of many. Thank you all.