I leave two weeks from Sunday (that’s 16 days!) for an adventure of a lifetime in South Africa! I’m not gonna lie, at this point I’m excited but more-so just overwhelmed at how much there is to do before I leave! The Lord’s timing is perfect, and He has provided a roommate this year as well as a tenant for my room while I am gone (thank you Jesus!), so I’m having to clean out my room before I go. Plus my office and my car. So if you’re wondering what my days leading up to this adventure look like, that’s it. Cleaning, packing, organizing, Goodwill trips… no one ever said missions was glamorous.
The goodbyes have already started, which I don’t like, but they’re necessary. Unfortunately because my sister now lives on the other side of the country, I had to say goodbye to her almost a month ago. That’s not easy when your sister is your best friend, and you went more than three years seeing each other every month, regardless of the fact that, at the time, you lived 5 hours away from each other. I’m not sure I’ll be able to handle what could be a year apart from her, so I expect a visit at some point (okay seester?).
I’m getting excited about the different ministry opportunities this adventure will bring, and the different people that will soon be a major part of my life. I’ve gotten to know my teammates a little via email, and am really looking forward to living and working with them very soon!
I still don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing, other than media work of some sort, but this has already been a great way to learn how to depend on the strength of the Lord, because I know that I cannot do any of this without Him.
Goodness, He is too good to me…
I’m also very excited about getting away from the hustle and bustle and being able to just settle in with God. Yes, I’ll be working hard and serving/loving hard every day, but I won’t have the distractions that I do here, and that excites me. I’m ready to just rest in Him.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28 (MSG)
I’m sorry to keep this a bit less thorough than I would prefer, but I wanted to briefly crawl out of the knee-deep Goodwill pile and post an update regarding where I am in this whole process. If you need me, I’ll be deep in my closet amidst the rogue socks, spare change, and bobby pins.
Thank you thank you thank you for praying.
“By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going. By an act of faith he lived in the country promised him, lived as a stranger camping in tents. Isaac and Jacob did the same, living under the same promise. Abraham did it by keeping his eye on an unseen city with real, eternal foundations—the City designed and built by God.” Hebrews 11:8-10