The Pursuit of Life Isn’t Always A Straight Line
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid: for the LORD thy God, He [it is] that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
Our little family of three collectively are thinking about making some major changes in our lives. I am sure this happens to every single one of us. We get bored with the day to day routine of our lives. Perhaps, our financial stagnancy is wearing on us, or maybe we just need a change to revitalize our essence of being. Whatever the reason,it all leads to the same conclusion. A blog (just joking).
But seriously, things do occur that inevitably lead to changes in one’s life. Whether that change is on a personal level or it involves a complete transformation of our life as we know it, does not negate that change can be a positive motivator. In our case, we are seriously thinking about packing up and moving to a new province. I’m in favour of heading west and putting down roots in western Canada. I recognize that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence, but I also know that the wage scales and job opportunities are more abundant in western Canada. My wife on the other hand wants to head to southern Ontario — to establish roots in Fergus or Port Stanley, or a number of other quaint little southern Ontario towns that she has become somewhat fond of.
Having said that, however, I could live just about anywhere my wife wants to go. This pragmatic side of me thinks that living and working in the same province would be a whole lot easier on the brain, not to mention the pocketbook but we are willing to look at all options that identify and prioritize the most important things our lives. Don’t get me wrong — we are truly blessed in more ways than one can imagine. But in staying here in Canada’s smallest province, we’re not hanging onto anything precious. There is no great pension waiting for us. There are no foreseeable wage increases on the horizon — at least nothing earth shattering anyway.
As I weigh the pros and cons, I’ve come to conclusions that are equally important for each and every one of us. These include believing that life is an adventure that we shouldn’t just see from the sidelines. That we are only put on earth for a very short time and as such, we need to take time to enjoy the wonder and awe of God’s creation. That while the political issues that create policies that pit the rich against the poor are likely in every province, people elsewhere may be more willing to say. And, with regard to my current province, I shouldn’t have to compete for opportunities that are already taken through the age-old practice of political and bureaucratic patronage, and nepotism.
Before you get the wrong idea, know that I used to be a very proud islander. I joined the military to fight for my country, believing that it was the right thing to do. While I love my country home, and the surroundings, I have to admit that I have tired of the politically correct, self-serving individuals that only take from the system, never desiring to give back. I know the Bible talks about the characteristics of people in the last days, and as such, the human race can only expect to get worse. However, like a hamster on its wheel, I want the freedom to decide when it is time to get off.
Anyway,no matter how I slice and dice it, moving across the country will still be a lot of work. There are no easy answers but with our Lord God and Saviour Jesus at the helm, we can be confident that we will make the correct one. He is our provider. God bless.
“You make known to me the path of life. You will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11)