I cannot separate my past from my present and future.
In a sense, leaving a home, business, family, and friends to embark on a new adventure half way around the world seems like the perfect way cleanly divide the first 50 years from “the rest of my life”. Surprisingly, this move has connected the pain of my past to the reality of the present in ways I did not predict.
I am reminded of a Beth Moore play on words: God is the I AM of my WAS. When He uses my WAS for my IS and IS TO COME- that is the very definition of redemption. In other words, when God can use the pain of my past to offer strength in the present, and hope for the future- He has truly brought me full circle.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
What a humbling privilege.