Mind the Gap

We aren’t moving to England. We’re not even moving to an African country once colonized by the British. But in this season we are feeling the need to mind the gap; stick with me as I describe what is probably the most dramatic metaphor for life you’ve read this week.

As we board for this incredible journey we see the potential, we see the excitement of the move, and we feel eagerness to meet the people we will meet and to do the work we will do. But right now we stand in this transition phase—that moment just before you step onto the train. We are standing just before the moment we begin our journey, preparing our feet, making sure we have an idea of where we are going.

This infamous phrase makes the most sense in this season of transition. We have been learning to mind the gap—to give ourselves room to learn, grace to mess up, and motivation to keep going. We have been saying goodbye to places and people that have made such an impact on us. We have left behind friendships and community that mean the world to us. And right now, we are in the gap. This phase, this gap of a transition, requires mindfulness—something we sometimes fail to give it. As we learn to be mindful in our leaving, be mindful in our marriage, and be mindful in preparing our hearts we feel the weight of this gap, this in between, these moments before the change.

The weight of this gap, this “transition phase” before we leave on the most exciting adventure in our marriage to date is heavy. This is hard. But we know that as we are mindful in our gap, we will learn and grow. The Lord has been so sweet and gentle with us during this time. In the days leading up to our departure we have been blessed with family, friends, and precious moments that have served as reminders of why we are doing all of this. A sweet friend of many years reminded me the most simple truth that gently guided us back to our purpose: keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.

Here we are, ready for our departure and overwhelmed doesn’t even begin to cover how we are feeling. We are overwhelmed by the packing and preparation. We are overwhelmed by the lists and the errands. But even more, we are overwhelmed by the grace and the provision we have been shown in the seasons we have both spent here in the states. This transition is the culmination of so many experiences, so many dreams, so many years of waiting. And as we step out in obedience we are overwhelmed by the blessings we have been given before we leave.

We have said many times over the course of these last few months that the leaving is absolutely the hardest part. It has been our biggest fear—leaving all the people and the things that have been a part of our lives to this point. Stepping away is easily one of the most difficult things we have ever done. But we are confident as we walk in obedience that this is where the Lord has us, and so we go. We go knowing we are cared for and loved. We go with expectant spirits and faithful hearts. And we go holding on to this truth:

“Whom Shall I Fear” by Chris Tomlin

I know who goes before me, I know who stands behind

The God of angel armies is always by my side

The one who reigns forever, He is a friend of mine

The God of angel armies is always by my side

My strength is in Your name, For You alone can save

You will deliver me, Yours is the victory

And nothing formed against me shall stand, You hold the whole world in Your hands

I’m holding on to Your promises

You are faithful

You are faithful

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