Miriam Adeney once said “You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” This statement rings truer than true for me in the season I am in. In fact, it is an ongoing reality of growing up. I will miss more and more people for the rest of my life, sometimes with thousands of miles between us. Let me call it how it is and say that frankly, it sucks.
Even though it’s hard at times, I would not in a million years trade a single person I have met for the comfort of staying in the same place. Here, we hear story after story about laid down lives following God wherever He leads. Every family and each missionary I have met who is dedicated to the cause of Christ has testified to this simple fact; this adventure taken with Jesus far outweighs the cost we must pay.
This week our speaker, Wick Nease, is speaking on the will of God for our lives. In a condensed version, Romans sums it up perfectly in chapter 12:1-2, it says “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
God will not fail you, but in order to be alive in His destiny for us, we must die to ourselves, our selfish desires and things that may seem easy, attractive and comfortable. All for the sake of gaining it all. I wish I could include every story that has penetrated my heart in these past two months but there are not enough hours in the day. Therefore, I will find my own stories and continue to meet remarkable humans who broadside me with their deposits into my life. And I will tell these stories as I go to Thailand and any other corner of the world God intends to take me.
As I walk through this incredible part of my life, I have become convinced of two things:
First, without Him I am nothing. I can be wrong, I am ordinary, broken and often tripping over my own mistakes. Secondly, God is everything, He has done it all, He has made a way. He is patient, good and everything that we need.
I encourage you to find Jesus, love Jesus and ask Him to take you on adventures and put one foot in front of the other believing that He is faithful and that He will carry you through.
With Great Love, Juliet (DTS Student 2015)Learn More About DTS!