Last November I started having this sense that something was going to change for us. Something different. Something big. I didn’t exactly know what that something was, but something told me it was going to happen and we would find out in February.
Does that sound as weird to you as it did to Craig and the handful of people I actually confessed it to at the time? I know. It sounds crazy.
I was having dinner with a group of friends one night in mid-November and someone asked about my role with Classical Conversations for the next year. I slipped and said, “Well, if we’re still here next year…” my voice tapered off. Why in the world did I say that out loud? I had absolutely nothing to base that on other than a “feeling” and I’m not usually one to act on feelings in that way. I was shocked I said that and talked my way out of it pretty fast.
But it sort of became the family joke. Whenever we would talk about a future decision, I would throw out, “Just wait until February and then we’ll know whether to do that or not.” We had different friends over one Saturday afternoon in January and they asked us about our future. Craig joked that I was convinced our lives were going to change in February and then he looked at me grinning. I turned 1,000 shades of red and laughed it off.
I was convinced but I didn’t know why.
Craig turned 40 on February 5. He entered into a 40-day period of intense seeking and reflecting on what God would have for the next 40 years of life should God so grant that for him. This 40-day period came to an end on his birthday. The night before he received an email from a friend of ours. It was an email that would begin the change I’d been waiting for since November. It was the email that would usher in this new phase of our lives.
To be continued…
Part 2 of Something Different, Something Big