In only a few short days, my life will change forever. I will leave the safety and comfort of my home, my family and friends, and my country, and travel for the first time ever to a place completely unknown to me, a culture different from my own, a population that lacks the knowledge I possess in some areas and who will teach me lessons I never knew I needed to learn.
While floating through the final entries in my 40-day daily devotional book, meant to prepare me for my upcoming short-term mission trip to Guatemala, I stumbled upon this passage in Proverbs:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” Proverbs 3:5-8 NIV.
I’m really not that emotional of a person most of the time (I swear). But it only takes a much-needed reminder, coming straight from the mouth of God, to leave me sprawled out on the couch bawling my eyes out in front of no one but my Savior (my roommates had thankfully left by this point, so it really was just me and Jesus alone in my living room).
There have been a countless number of obstacles that have tried to stand in my way of following God’s plans for my Spring Break. Gratefully, none of these barriers involved finances. Thanks to so many supportive family members and friends of friends, I had raised the full monetary amount for my trip long before the final dollars were due. I have been sick. I have doubted God’s will for my life. I have questioned aloud, nearly screaming until my throat couldn’t take it anymore, why I applied to be on this team in the first place.
This passage spoke to me in just the right way, in the right environment at the perfect time, as a reminder of God’s hands immersed in every portion of my life, always. I have not been trusting HIm. I have not put my full hope and faith in what is in store for me, for our team, and for the children and families we are going to serve while we are in Guatemala. But as always, He has caught my attention just when I needed it the most.
My health, my joy, my strength – it all comes from Him. It always has. And it always will.