Last week, we found out that our visa application to Austria was denied. It was crushing. We are still trying to process all that we feel right now but the number one overall emotion is hurt. We were all sorts of prepared to get on the plane very soon. We were positioning ourselves to be able to leave within 2 weeks of receiving our paperwork. We had just completed our final list of things to do once we had the visas in hand, so to receive a phone call saying that our applications had been denied really hit us hard.
So now what? For over 3 months we’ve been waiting on our papers to arrive and now we have to readjust our thinking about our next step. We can look back over these past 3 months and feel a sense of gratitude for having had the opportunity to live here with our dear friends, visit other friends and extended family and to grow as a family through this transition. But we would be lying if we did not say we aren’t asking why.
This week, we are really trying to lean hard in to our Savior and we are thankful to be surrounded by people from our church, our sending agency and those serving in Austria who are saddened right along with us. Thankfully, they’ve seen things like this happen before and they are a constant voice of reassurance that in the end we will look back at this with better perspective. We are all putting our heads together with a plan to get our family overseas as soon as possible.
A couple days after getting this news, Ian ran into one of his mentors from the past and he was surprised to still see Ian in the US. Ian told him that we’d just received some bad news about our visa and he abruptly stopped Ian and said “I am learning to say that things are good and things are hard. God will make good of all things as we trust Him…He often prevents what He could have permitted. Keep trusting.”
This is a big week as we all toss around ideas and we would love your prayers as a plan is developed for our family. Please pray as we continue to process this hard news. It is comforting to know that whatever plan we develop was already a part of THE PLAN from the start. Trusting in Him as he leads us.