Amidst the bustle and busy-ness of getting ready for a major voyage, a quiet joy seeps into my heart: the pleasure of anticipation. There’s so much to be done before a voyage like this: apply for a new passport with enough pages for the requisite stamps and visas, make arrangements for the pets, gather some forty sermons and meditations to be preached on board, set all our accounts to be paid online, and make sure there’s enough of everything from toothpaste to medications to last five months. But any panicking about how much there is to do in so little time only robs me of anticipation’s sweet delight. So I try to move from job to job with gratitude that this is happening to me and with something close to confidence that all will get done on time.
I’m future-oriented these days. I wonder what it will be like to be off in another world for so long. I envision arriving in one exotic port of call after another: into the Caribbean, then out to Africa, transiting the Indian Ocean, around Australia and New Zealand, island-hopping across the South Pacific, up the western coast of South America, through the Panama Canal, back into the Caribbean and, one hundred and fifty-four days later, returning to the States. I can hardly wait for all the unexpected and the unknown that looms ahead.
Having something wonderful to look forward to is one of life’s sweetest gifts, for sure. Looking ahead and dreaming ahead and enjoying the future right now is what I savor as the days draw down to the start of a great adventure!