This past Sunday, my husband announced his decision to return his call to Wisconsin. We will be continuing to live in California for the foreseeable future.
I went through a myriad of emotions in regards to this call, including (in no particular order) excitement, sadness, frustration, hopefullness, anger. Now that the decision is made, I’m left simply with a feeling of peace. I’m confident that my husband made the correct decision, and thankfully, he is too. Since it was his decision to make in the first place, it’s very important that he be at peace.
I’m glad to have the decision made, because now we can move on to planning our summer in California. There are summer classes to sign up for (possibly including swimming lessons!!), vacations to plan, and projects to map out. It’s nice to be able to make solid plans now.
Even though we’re not planning to move, JJ still wants me to have to goal of getting our house decluttered. We know that, realistically, this is by no means that last call that my husband will get, and we know that, sooner or later, he IS going to take a call to somewhere. We are going to have to move at some point. JJ thinks that I might as well start getting ready for The Inevitable now, especially since I go through things slowly. Although, I think I had the goal of continual de-cluttering after JJ’s last call, too.
Through this call process, I realized once again that I can be happy living just about anywhere. While there would have been a lot to like about living in Wisconsin again, I have been happy here in California for the past nine years, and continuing to live happily in California will be easy. It’s what I know, it’s what my children know, it’s where my job is, it’s where many of my good friends are. I have medical professionals here that I appreciate. Life will go on as it did before, and it’s easy to be happy about that.
It was interesting to go through this call process and see the good that came out of it for my husband, for our family, and for our congregation. I suspect good came out of it for the Thiensville congregation, too. God’s perfect will is still being done through all of this, and that’s a comfort. Furthermore, God would have blessed either decision that JJ had made. It’s good to know that while God knows what we’re going to do before we do it, we’re not robots programmed to follow a certain path. As long as a choice is not being made that directs opposes God’s will for his people, it’s a comfort to know that God blesses the decisions of his children, no matter what those decisions are.
You can read about my husband’s call decision in his own words on his blog.
(For those of you who have been considering a trip out to California to visit us, might I suggest stepping up those plans? We may not be in this neck of the woods forever, so if you want a trip to San Francisco with free lodging and great hosts :), come visit us now while you still can!)