In just thirty-seven hours, I’m taking off on a one way flight to Osaka, Japan. When to return? Who knows! My first mission upon arrival: eat some delicious ramen! My second, and arguably more important mission: Find a home for Danielle and I!
I feel like an adventurer of old;
going off to a new world, establishing a home for my wife (and cats). And like every good adventure, obstacles to overcome! My jungle to tame is concrete, and the bear to wrestle, bureaucracy. (Admittedly, mine is a very modern, first-world adventure.)
I love adventure: new places, experiences, and stories. Despite that, one could easily get overwhelmed by everything going on, needs to be done, or could go wrong. For that reason, we’ve been pro-active with our anti-worrying.
has been our verse of the season. Fortunately for us, Bethel Church has been printing that verse as a giant insert into their weekly bulletin (the flyers/handouts you get when you go to church) for months. We’ve amassed a collection. Depending on how frequent of a reminder we’ve needed to not worry, we’ve had a varying number of these pinned up around our living space, on mirrors, in bibles, in the car, etc.
But, it get’s even better…!
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:7
That peace makes all the difference.
Over the last week, we’ve been trying to sell our car. The last major thing I needed to do before I leave. We weren’t having much luck initially, probably because my listing was honest, detailing the few small issues the vehicle had. Then, two days before I’m to leave, I discovered two more issues that needed fixing. Cracked radiator and a torn CV boot. I could do both if I was staying around, but I need to leave!
Then just last night, as I started this blog post, writing about this bible verse and not being worried about Japan, I heard the Lord say, “and what about with your car?” I felt convicted. I had let myself begin to worry. So, I apologized, and gave it to the Lord.
Not 30 seconds later I get a new message about the car. That person, two hours later was holding a signed title in their hand, and me, a pile of cash.
I’m happy to say we are confidently approaching our transition overseas, full of peace. That said, we would love it if you’d pray with us that…
- I would find us an amazing place to live, allows for our cats, and is great value.
- Safe travel, that I keep my health, and adjust smoothly to a new timezone.
And, if you’re interested in supporting our work in Japan, you can do so by clicking here.
Thanks for reading and keeping up with us! See ya on the flip side (of the world).
P.S. Here are a few pictures of Osaka, our new home! (It’s huuuuuuuuuuuuge)