Though we know little about you,
hardly speak your language,
and have the least amount of per diem we've ever had,
we cannot wait to meet your acquaintance this Tuesday.
Being Italy's neighbor, we have high hopes for you.
Two wanderlust stricken souls.
This trip came awfully close to not happening.
A lot of unexpected hiccups, interrupted plans and heart-checking had to go on,
among other things.
But I'll spare the dramatic details.
Simply put, the fact this trip is still on the table is a huge blessing. One that I want to soak in gratitude for over the next two weeks, really letting God show me what matters and how I can actively choose to pursue those things. Ever get to a point where you know God is asking you to trust Him, to lean into Him, to rely on Him more fully than ever to change that old persona you know so well, can't change on your own and yet... you keep resisting? Even though you know its absolutely vital, life-giving and will save you from the utmost stress and worry? Then on top of your resistance, He still blesses you?
Schooled by that right now.
Schooled, humbled, and amazed.
"Beauty requires no justification,
it simply is and transcends.
See beauty and we know it in the marrow,
even if we have no words for it:
Someone is behind it, in it.
Beauty Himself completes."