I can’t help but laugh at how our time frame for living anywhere has gotten shorter and shorter. When 10 years ago the big dream for my life was to buy a nice large house and settle there for 30 years or so, now that that dream has changed drastically, along with our square footage. Even our last home in mid-town, which I was sure we would put down roots in, I felt in the first month that we moved in that I shouldn’t get too attached. A short year later, we moved downtown.
We’ve been in this missional community for almost 8 months now, and through prayer, we feel God is calling us on a new adventure. One that again, feels scary and weird and full of unknowns.
We are going on the road – and living in an RV.
We will have a home base in Tulsa where we have family, but will likely be living most of life on the road, seeing the world God made, meeting new people and forming relationships for the non-profit we formed 2 years ago.
The world seems to me made to wander in, rather than to abide in one corner of it and never see what the rest has in store. -Henry Van Dyke
The Blue Flower is what I long for. I can think of nothing else. The place where I must abide is the place where the Blue Flower grows, and when the call comes, I must follow it. -The Blue Flower
There is a treasure of a book I read recently, an allegory called The Blue Flower. In it, the main character is given a glimpse of a Blue Flower in a dream, the most beautiful one he has ever seen, and his heart is set on finding it.
I set out on my journey, and my home is at the end of the journey, wherever that may be. -The Blue Flower
This is an allegory for our faith – the kind of faith that forsakes all else for seeking the beauty that abides in it.
Jesus tells a similar parable of hidden treasure buried in a field, a man finds it, then sells everything he has to buy the land and get the treasure (Mt 13).
The RV is a step in this direction. Finding the treasure in the field. Knowing that it’s worth giving up comforts and permanence and lots of other things for. Finding beauty along the way, and teaching our children to do the same – and hopefully revealing more of the Father as we go. I don’t know how long we will have this lifestyle, and perhaps life overseas is next. I don’t know.
I’m just glad I follow a God that calls us out on the water for a really great adventure.