“We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God has established the elements, the setting and the climax and the resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn’t it?
It might be time for you to go. It might be time to change, to shine out.
I want to repeat one word for you:
Roll the word around on your tongue for a bit. It is a beautiful word, isn’t it? So strong and forceful, the way you have always wanted to be. And you will not be alone. You have never been alone. Don’t worry. Everything will still be here when you get back. It is you who will have changed.”
“Everybody has to leave, everybody has to leave their home and come back so they can love it again for all new reasons.”
Through Painted Deserts
Well, I did leave. Twice. Actually, three times now. I went to Australia, then I came back. Then I went to Norway, came back for my sister’s wedding, and the left again. And yes, these are some of the best things I’ve ever done. Everything Donald Miller said was true. I have never been alone, I have changed, and everything is always there when I get back. But he was also right when he said that when you came back, you’d love home again for all different reasons. When I came back for Sarah’s wedding, I loved being home. I love being in Norway, but I really loved being home. Does this mean that I’m done traveling for a while? Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t know what I’m doing after this DTS anymore than I knew what I would be doing after Australia…and look, here I am in Europe! So next year, I might be in Valencia, or Jerusalem, or Boston, or South Africa, or Paris… But I think, if God wants me to have a “home” now, I’ll be ready for it.