In a few days, I’ll be flying high in a bright blue sky. I’m living a dream, doing what I love for a God who knows my name. I know he is preparing the road before my feet—not just on this next adventure, but for this next stage of my life. As I find my way home, each step is filled with a certain wander, and I’m grateful for the chance to let it saturate my soul. Every moment isn’t gorgeous, but I know he’s holding me, and I am endeavoring to hold him closer through this trip. As I am reminded of my call, I will find power to shed every weight and run with endurance through him.
In this life of obedience, I see prayers answered before my eyes. When I left the rugged terrain of Nicaragua after that best day of my life, I asked God a question—put a request before his feet. In that little thing they called an airport, I said, “God, if you let me go and do great things every six months, I’ll be a happy girl.” And you know what? He’s done more than say yes. This trip I’m taking is the third one in 11 months. God is good.
Also, I’ve prayed for a long time to see Tammy Ogden—this favorite missionary of mine—and she prayed too. Now, he’s honored our requests and made our paths mesh on the gospel frontier of El Salvador, where she dwells in the work of God. I might find that it’s my home too—or maybe some people might just find a cozy place in my heart. Anyway, I’m waiting for that moment when I’ll hold her tight on this foreign field; I think there will be a firework show going off in my heart. It’ll be lovely growing and learning and living by her side for maybe only 9 days. But these 9 days are going to be full of Jesus—and he will be enough, even if the time is not.
He’s also aligned this friendship that’s growing wings and taking flight next Friday too. After many long Sundays, sitting all alone, He’s provided a friend for me & growing love in my heart for another lovely daughter of His. And I’m only too excited to see where he takes us & how our threads get intertwined across his heart over time; I know we’ve got more than 9 days to grow in love and life together.
This trip—in this time shared with this woman and friend of mine—is a gift from God. And I’m going to learn not to take it lightly. I’m going to live and grow and love in these 9 days spent in El Salvador. I might be giving up another part of me, & this world might be growing a few thousand miles wider, but it’s going to be great, because I know he’s standing by my side. And he will never let me go.
This is me, a #HappyGirlGoingHome.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. (Hebrews 12:1-3 ESV)