Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Mirrors or Windshield?

One week from today (Tuesday) we will be living in a motor home - "full timing" as they say in the RV world. It's an odd thought - living in a motor home - given that we never go camping and the first time we ever rode in an RV was when we purchased one...a month ago. It's been a whirlwind ever since.

Taking off in an RV for a few months sounds exciting...and it is. But the reality of saying goodbye to life as we know it is not so easy. The fact is we love our house. We love our neighbors. We love living one mile from my mom. We love Maple Grove. We love having a library down the street. We love our friends. We've lived here for ten years and it's not easy to leave.

So why are we? Who in their right mind packs up and drives away from the American Dream? There are many people wondering what on earth we're thinking. I don't blame you if you're one of them because I've wondered it a few times myself! Here's the thing...and I have to keep reminding myself of this...we are leaving the life we've known, but we're heading toward what God has for us next.

Our choice comes down to this: Are we going to spend more time gazing into the rearview mirror or looking through the windshield? Mirrors are great for seeing where we've been. And it is good to remember. I recently spent some time finishing scrapbooks and getting our photos in order. It was good to ponder the sweet memories of days gone by. I also read my journals from the last few years and marveled at how God has been teaching me and preparing me for this next season long before I had any idea what He was up to. It is good to remember.
But if all we ever do is stare at the mirrors, we'll never enjoy the moment and never arrive at our destination. Living in the moment and heading in the right direction requires a willingness to spend more time looking ahead than behind.
Lord, help me to keep my eyes focused on You. Thank you for what You have done for me. I choose to remember that you gave Your life so I could live. And I choose to look forward to what lies ahead - looking through the windshield...and the mirrors, not so much.

3 comments:

Jennifer said...

I LOVE this, Connie. You aren't crazy, you're bold and inspiring. Someday you'll have to tell us how you laid out the plan, especially the financial aspects. You and your kids will never forget this. Thanks for the updates!

Jennifer
www.JenniferSwanson.com

Brenda Schlickbernd said...

Connie- You are just a bit crazy, and that is exactly what God calls us to be sometimes. To trust him with EVERYTHING, to FOLLOW him no matter what. In the eyes of the world (and many Christians) this is just too much to ask. So, we follow God at a distance, looking out our mirrors and thanking Him for things done in the past. We forget that he has an amazing journey for each of us in the days to come. So... Keep your eyes on the Lord, and keep your feet to the pedal!
Brenda

elea said...

You inspire me, I think what you guys are doing is awesome! My kids are praying for this but I know it's all in God's timing for us. But it's my heart desire.
So, keep looking through your windshield and see what God has for you ahead. You can look back at your mirror every now and then but just be content of where God has you and your family. God has great things for you all.

Elea