What a crazy, enlightening, disappointing, heartbreaking, adventuresome weekend I have had!!
My hubby and I finally were able to visit our son, who lives 4 hours away. It had been 5 months since we had seen him last! So, I was beyond excited to be able to see him again!
The first day there, we were informed that he would be moving to Detroit, Michigan in a few months with an old friend. He also informed us that he was in a "relationship" with a girl and they were thinking about also having her move there, as well. Last of all, he informed us that he wanted nothing to do with being a Christian. In fact, he made fun of Christianity, during the time we were visiting him. At first, I was so heartbroken that I thought the weekend would be ruined.
The next day, we had breakfast at a cute little cafe' and tea room in town.
The discussion started out tense, but by the end of our meal, we decided to go hiking at a local lake.
The rest of the time that we spent together went better, but my heart was still breaking.
But, because of this string of events, I have come to several conclusions:
1.) Our son is now fully and independently an adult. He makes his own choices/has his own set of beliefs and they are completely opposite of ours.(and the faith that we raised him in.)
2.) Throughout his lifetime and especially in the last couple of years, since he moved away, my prayers had been fervent, asking God to give him a heart for the Lord and that it would be while he was young, so that we may be able to enjoy a shared faith for many, many years. But, I’m tired. I’m at the end of my rope. I need a break! And there’s nothing wrong with that!
3.) In a few weeks, the three of us will be taking a 2 week vacation – an adventure along the west coast. As we went on our hike this weekend, we all realized that, even though we have many differences, we all REALLY enjoy hiking, sight-seeing, and camping out in nature. We all are looking forward to spending time together, doing what we all do love!
4.) Last, but not least, my hubby and I are REALLY contemplating what we will do after retirement in a few years. We really have nothing holding us back from ANYTHING, now! Travel is at the top of our list. And camping/van dwelling(at least part-time) is the way we want to do it. This upcoming vacation is like a trial run, as we have rented a campervan to camp in during our time together. If all goes well, we will begin the process of building our own custom camper from a basic utility van. (I have checked into this and it has been done and Youtube videos were made, giving directions on how it is done.)
I feel like this will be a chance for my hubby and I to regroup our thoughts, learn to enjoy life as just the two of us, and figure out what our calling will be during this new season of our lives.
The term “nomad” comes from the Greek form of a Latin word meaning “to graze.” Nomads were wandering shepherds who moved their families and their flocks They lived in tents and took with them only what clothing and supplies they had to have. (http://bibleresources.americanbible.org/resource/nomads-wandering-herders)
Examples of nomads:
- The Nomadic Lifestyle of the Ancient Hebrews - Many Biblical characters, such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David and others, lived a nomadic lifestyle. A nomad lived in tents and traveled from location to location in search of water and pastures for their livestock.
- Jesus’ disciples left their families, their homes, jobs, everything, to live a nomadic lifestyle and preach the Word. - Mark 10:30 (http://www.mainstreet-churchofchrist.com/WrittenLessons/Mark_10.htm)
- Jesus Christ was a nomad - Watch this video about a book called "Holy Nomad"...