We had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year. I hope that you did also. I, ever-so-subtly (on Facebook), “suggested” that everyone in the world visit us for Thanksgiving because it would be our last one in the states (yes…I still plan on celebrating it in the DR) and I wanted everyone to share it with us. Well…some people listened and actually came. We had a blast eating, playing games, and laughing and laughing and laughing!
I really tried to stay in the moment…I really did try! However, many times I would look around and think…”What will this look like next year?”…
…What will it look like to not have family and friends around?
…What will it look like to not have “fancy”?
…Will we be sitting around sharing food, playing games, and laughing with others?
…What will our New Normal look like?
I have two American friends that live in the Dominican. Both of them have said “One of the difficult parts of doing relationship with people who speak a different language than you is that humor doesn’t translate well.” SAY WHAT? Ummm….that’s kinda “my thing” with my friends. We sit around a crack jokes and laugh…not like LOL…but REALLY laugh out loud. The kind of laugh out loud where whatever you are drinking comes out your nose.
So then I get fearful and phrases pop in my head like “You won’t have any friends and will be lonely” …and… “You can’t do it”… and…”What the MESS are you thinking moving to a country where you can’t speak the language?”
Then I get all “You’re right, we can’t do this”…”You’re right,we are completely unprepared…and not the right family for this job”.
I think God accidentally dialed the wrong number when He came ‘calling’…and then it was too late because He already had our attention…and it would have been awkward for Him to say ‘Sorry, wrong number but you Ludlams are really nice people’…so He just went with…and now here we are.
Then I remember…God doesn’t make mistakes and He knows what He is doing. He knows what He wants our New Normal to look like.
When I start to get scared or worried or like “Oh crap…what are we doing?”, I just remember…
If He takes you to it, He will equip you for it!
…and then my heart settles down…
…and I can enjoy the moment once again..
Was there a time that your “normal” changed? Is your “New Normal” better than before?