March 13, 2017 we arrived here in Italy. We have now been here for over a year…
To be honest it has been a year full of ups and downs, joys and losses. To say it was an easy year would be dishonest. In fact, it was probably one of the most challenging and stressful years of our lives. And yet, despite that, we would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
People have often asked us, “what is it like to live in Italy?” The description that often comes to mind is one of “Beautiful Chaos.” Italy is, (as most would agree), an unbelievably beautiful place. From the incredible food to the world’s best wine, overwhelming piazzas to quaint cafes, the grandeur of our world’s history to the simplicity of a park bench in the shade; Italy is a place many dream of.
But just beneath the glorious beauty lies a thread that is interwoven amongst everything – chaos. This past year, we’ve continued to learn that the reality of life is, that in order for you to really experience the beauty you must embrace the chaos. From confusing bureaucracy to dizzying traffic and everything in between, there is a chaotic timber to almost every aspect of life. The more you fight the chaos of life here, the less you are able to appreciate the beauty that is around you. Life in Italy requires a lot of letting go – of expectations, of plans, of results, of control.
It is in the midst of this beautiful chaos that our souls have been stretched, challenged and changed in ways we hadn’t even expected. We continue to learn. We continue to grow and continue to meet God in the unknown and uncertainty of lives lived cross-culturally. It’s been a beautifully chaotic year.