“What level of uncertainty can you handle in your lives?” is not the question you want to be asked when sitting down to a meeting regarding your future, but there we sat confronted by the unknown in the form of a question.
In our experience, whenever we open the door of transition just to survey the landscape – to see what’s out there on the horizon of potential – suddenly unforeseen, and sometimes unwanted, opportunities come barging-in and go bouncing around the living room as if they were justified in being there. They throw their opinions into the arena of our decision making process and create more of a chorus of confusion rather than forming an orderly council of advice.
Our logical minds tell us that peace is when everything is going perfectly – like a Thomas Kinkade painting except with more bunnies, fluffy ones – but this is not the case. Peace is a sense of well being despite circumstance. That is why Paul, an opinionated biblical figure, describes peace as being beyond understanding. Rationally, peace is a season where everything is going perfectly as planned with no disturbances, but how often does that happen? Divine peace contradicts this because it is a deeply rooted confidence in the midst of the unforeseen, the unwanted, the unexpected, the unpredictable and the unfortunate.
We’re Type A personalities and if you know us, then you know that all of this visa hubbub (how often do you get to use that word in a sentence) should have us on edge, or at least the edge of something tall. Not the case. We have peace. There are moments when we are tempted to forfeit this peace and embrace worry, bursts of panic, and disillusionment, but we’re making the choice to live in this state of peace as best we can.
The Plan 2.0
After Matthew’s power trip to Poland last month, we now have the Promise of Work document we need to apply for our visas. That said, Amber’s doctors have told her she is no longer able to fly. As such, The Passenger will be born here in Canada (and not in Poland as we originally planned). With the baby due at the end of December and Matthew required to be back in Poland in January, it’s looking like we may have to return to Poland separately but we’re hoping for as much time together as possible.
Uncertainty seems to be a constant companion for us, but however it shakes down, we’ve got peace about it.