Over the past 10 days, we’ve waited and waited, got what we thought was a “GO!” and started planning, and then got a big “STOP.” And now, it feels like we’re just sitting as we don’t know what the next step is. And I’m not going to bore everyone with immigration details. I’m so tired of reading immigration rules, emailing lawyers, and thinking through options. I feel like my brain just needs to do something completely thoughtless and monotonous for about 3 days. And I know we just have to trust God and wait. He will make a way, even when it feels very dark and overwhelming.
Out of nowhere Mark’s boss offered him the chance to keep his current job and work remotely from Edinburgh. The pay is not enough when it gets converted to pounds, but it’s enough to meet the income requirement for my spouse visa. And it would allow for us to move, get settled, and then Mark could look for a job from Edinburgh. That would kill so many birds with one stone. Then we find out that Mark has to be earning pounds and not dollars, and our solution flew out the window. We were advised to move to Europe first, get a 6 month European visa, and then apply for a spouse visa from that point on. Or I can wait with the rest of our team and apply for a 2 year missionary visa instead, we find someone to process our immigration paperwork in the UK for us, and we then move to Scotland around July/August. The only problem with that is that there is 8 of us living in my parents’ house until late summer, which is not ideal for anyone. Living with 3 small children is just not the funnest thing ever, especially when they’re needing their own space. So dilemmas, dilemmas, dilemmas. And the kicker to everything is that regardless of how we go about any kind of move, Mark cannot be without a job for any period of time as that disqualifies us from meeting the income requirement. So he cannot move to Edinburgh unless he has a job already lined up. So we have quite a situation for God to work out.
And really, that’s simply it. God will have to work it out. There are too many rules, too many logistics, and too many factors to consider. So we just need His wisdom and direction. We need grace for living in the temporary. And we just need to walk and trust Him to direct our steps. I don’t really know anything else or have much else to say. As always, so appreciate your prayers. We desire those more than anything. We want to make the right decisions for the right reasons, and yet sometimes, it’s just not a clear decision as there are too many unknowns. So we wait and we trust. And we pray, and we keep telling ourselves that He has got it. He HAS GOT IT. Amen? Amen.