My mother-in-law coined the phrase shortly after we started this journey, and I think we like it.
I have been calling this our Big Adventure, but thought that was really a rather boring description of something much more exciting! And with sabbatical there is a spiritual connotation.
Sabbatical: (n) any extended period of leave from one's customary work, esp. for rest, to acquire new skills or training, etc.
(adj) 1.of or pertaining or appropriate to the Sabbath. 2. of or pertaining to a sabbatical year. 3. bringing a period of rest.
So yes, we are on sabbatical or this time- hopefully not for a full year. But we are trying to enjoy this "extended period of leave from one's customary work" and see it as a "period of rest" for us as a family before we begin the next part of Robert's career!
The long and short : God is working - very quickly, very audibly, and wonderfully!
Robert began his sabbatical on April 7th. I came home from an Easter party to find him working the garage. He was amazingly calm and has been since. When you are let go and you have 5 mouths to feed "you" are not calm, but when you trust in an amazing God, you feel a peace that you cannot explain. Little did I know that he told God the day before "if God wanted him somewhere else he was going to have to fire him, he was not going to leave his present employer." God did just that in less than 24 hours.
God is like that - when you give up control and yield to his leading, he works fast and well and with it comes a peace - "like a river".
So we are starting our sabbatical and rest time in Maine - does it get any better than that? Well, in May maybe, but by June it will be perfect! On the way, we will hang out in NC with my dearest and best friend and her family (all together) and play! Then we are going to sight see in DC for a little while (1/2 day) and the same thing at our Alma Mater - West Point for 1/2 a day. Then onward and upward to Maine.
Robert will continue to look for a job via the Internet while we are nestled away in solitude - thank you to current technology! I expect that the perfect job is going to fall right in our lap. Yes, I do believe that - why? Well, so far every time we needed something like that God did just that. A wonderful family for our little dog who needed new family - I mean WONDERFUL!! fell into our laps (after prayers over this family with a mutual friend) We have sold stuff at a rate that makes my head spin - and in this economy that stuff does not usually happen. And jobs are already falling out of the sky for us - not the job we feel like God is leading Robert toward, but jobs none the less, and I feel like it is just a confirmation from God that there are jobs, don't fret, and be patient.
So I will be sharing how God is doing great things in our lives, really always has been, but we finally are seeing it every day! So stay tuned and join us in prayer as we sell our house and move to where ever God is leading us - could be OR, NC, MI, ME, TX or ????
God is amazing, and he loves us so much! He is waiting patiently on us to stop trying to control things that are out of our control, to yield to his gentle, loving touch and to follow him to numerous blessings! May you be blessed by our journey - I mean Sabbatical!