2013 broke this morning with crisp cold air and bright blue skies in the great state of Oregon. That’s right. Oregon.
In looking back, I can describe 2012 as no less than a whirlwind of tension. Not tension in an angry, uncertain way, but tension in a tightly-wound-ready-for-something-to-begin way. There were many great parts to this last year, but it was also a tough year for many reasons. I struggled to become the mother I thought I should be, dealing with banks and home loans is not for the faint of heart, we had to put more effort into our marriage than ever before, and we also renovated a house. By the fall, we were done. Just ready to settle into a routine and relax and start stepping into an easy rhythm. However, God, in His great goodness, had other plans in mind. Our job situation changed suddenly and we decided to take another out-of-state travel job to help us rectify our financial state post-home renovation. All of a sudden, we were swept back up in a whirlwind of uncertainty and decisions on locations, housing, how our children would handle a move and many other factors. Randomly, we decided to spend the assignment in Portland since we wouldn’t have to buy a car on location or fly down and only arrive with carry-on baggage. So that’s what we did. We worked like crazy people, finalized the home renovation details, packed our van up to the brim and drove to hippie-opolis where we settled into a short-term rental in one of the Portland suburbs–Beaverton.
And then something weird happened. God told us to move here. One day, we were praying and fasting and the heavens opened and a light–no, that didn’t happen. All I can say is, by the time we dared to broach the topic to each other, we were both becoming increasingly aware of the Holy Spirit awakening in us not only a desire to move here, but also a sense of urgency and conviction over His timing.
I have no idea why. We are content in the assurance that this seems like a pretty interesting idea, and that it certainly wasn’t ours. So far, 2013 is shaping up to be a great adventure.