"So, when are you leaving for New Mexico?"
That seems to be the most common question I get these days. After all, my husband's last day of work at the Mayo Clinic is this week! We have no house to sell. We've made arrangements for Brad's ordination. We are ready to go! Well, almost...
But the answer continues to be, "We don't know." That's right; we do not know when we are leaving for New Mexico. Even though the official paperwork has been processed and the congregation in Dulce is awaiting our arrival. We are anxious to begin ministry there. But we do not know when that will be.
And it's frustrating to be in limbo! I want to know. I want to finish planning the packing; there are so many things I can't begin to pack until we know how long we'll be here... What if we need those fall/winter clothes?
So, when are we leaving for New Mexico? And what's holding us up?
The short answer is that there are two "employers" in this mission posting: the congregation itself and the mission board of our denomination. The two entities are trying to work out what's best for our arrival, and there are multiple factors to consider. We should have a plan by the end of this week, which is good. And it's possible that our arrival in New Mexico is as early as August 20th... or as late as mid-September!
In limbo. Not so much fun. I like to have a plan. But I also know that God's plan is infinitely better than mine would ever be. So, I am praying for patience, wisdom, and grace in this waiting-time. I am praying that my ability to trust God will increase instead of my frustration. And I keep on packing... slowly...
When are we leaving for New Mexico?? On God's timetable. And it will be perfectly right!