Just as we never intended to homeschool (see previous post), living in a motorhome wasn’t on our bucket list either. We were perfectly happy with life. Not looking to make any major changes, though we had thoughts of moving to the country. Hitting the road full-time was not our plan! Goodness – we didn’t even camp – unless you count one weekend a year with our college friends who brought all the stuff and we just showed up.
Then a few things started happening. On their own they didn’t add up to much. But over time, we began to see a picture.
First, we drove from Minneapolis to Seattle and back. That road trip was the first time we’d taken the scenic route. Prior to that, our typical vacations involved airplanes and rental cars. But that summer (2007) we ended up driving to Seattle. We found out we loved the open road. We had a blast. It was a foretaste of things to come.
Later that year, I stumbled across a blog about a couple living in an RV with their toddler. I have no idea where I came across it or why I was even interested – but for some reason, it intrigued me. Why would people do that? I was curious so I subscribed to their blog and followed their story.
Then, in the spring of 2008, after much prayer (and with fear and trembling), we decided not to re-enroll at Hand In Hand (the homeschool academy our children attended) for the following year. This was a big step of faith for us. We loved it there for six amazing years. Saying goodbye was one of the hardest things we’ve ever done. We knew we had to do it – even though we weren’t sure what was next.
On a side note, we knew God was asking us to leave – not because Hand In Hand wasn’t an incredible place to be (it was and still is) – but because it was time for us to step into a new season. You cannot move forward while standing in the same place. Sometimes God asks us to let go of things that have been an incredible blessing in our lives. But if we don’t let go, those blessings turn into a burden and hold us back from the next thing. Have you ever held on to something longer than you should have? I have – and I always regret it…been there, done that.
During that time, we were also noticing other anchors (good anchors) that held us in place were being untied. Leaving Hand In Hand was a big one, but there were others:
We were feeling increasingly detached from our church. This was unusual…we loved our church, but we were attending less and less. This was another area of contemplation for us.
I couldn’t commit to anything people invited us to do in the fall. Friends asked us to buy concert tickets, join a homeschool co-op, get together on a regular basis. But I had a knowing within me that we wouldn’t be around to do any of it.
I also had a deep inner conviction to purge the nooks and crannies of our house. I kept hearing the Lord say, “Get your house in order.” As I look back through my journal, this is something I clearly knew God was asking me to do.
These puzzle pieces would later fit together to form a clearer picture. For now, all we were doing was noticing and responding – one step at a time.
And that’s how God leads us…one step at a time. The hard part (at least for me) is actually taking the steps. More about that next week in Part II!
Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
– Proverbs 3:5-6 MSG