Tomorrow we fly out of Q for Maputo, the capitol, and from there we wend our indirect way to Johannesburg. Lately, we have been a few days in the actual preparation, i.e. packing.
What to take? What to leave? Perennial questions for the traveler. As much as I have traveled, I never feel confident that I have remembered what I will need or am not taking what I will wish I had left behind. For the moment, I am packed. Traveling light. OK, my suitcase weighs 10 kg (that's 22 lbs for us metrically challenged folk). In the packing process, I have been seeing that it is not what I bring that is important--or that will make or mar the trip.
It is being prepared mentally and emotionally that will give this journey its value. Kind of like life, don't you think?
I have high expectations. And we are a group of five, so there will be many more expectations than just my own. This afternoon Phil and I are hosting the provincial leadership team and spouses. We have chosen Ephesians 5:21 as the verse to concentrate on, to help them see themselves as a team or family. Seems to me that verse will be every bit as relevant to us five vagabonds heading out for Italy: "Submit to one another out of respect for Christ." or another version said: "Honor one another out of reverence for Christ."
However you look at it, Christ is the linchpin. The outcome of all those expectations depends heavily on submitting. I guess that is as good a place as any to prepare for a journey.