Maybe I was a bit naive. Maybe my lure for adventure clouded my practical judgement. Maybe I was too young.
I remember the day I told Jesus, “Here am I, send me.” I was in high school, probably about 15 or 16 years old, at a Disciple Now at First Baptist Church in Canyon, TX, and it was during a time of worship that I prayed that prayer and felt the call towards missions/ministry. I didn’t know for how long, I didn’t know where, and I didn’t know with whom I would be going with, but I knew someday, somehow, I would go.
Ten years after whispering this prayer, Dustin and I are serving a ministry overseas, and God is still proving faithful. However, when I prayed as a teenage girl, I didn’t know what I was praying for. Back then, I hadn’t read the rest of Isaiah 6 and seen what kind of struggles Isaiah would face. I didn’t know the challenges that were before me, and the decisions that would alter my life forever the day I said ‘YES’ to whatever God wanted for my life.
And you know what? I wouldn’t change a second of it. Not the decision to move to a different country or the countless tears of leaving home. Not the frustration of learning a new language or getting lost in a foreign place. I wouldn’t take anything back or change any promise I made, because just like that first prayer, there is a peace that continues to settle in my soul, knowing that I am exactly where God wants me.
The amazing thing about being in God’s will is that no matter the challenges, the blessings are far greater, and that much sweeter. Here are just a few:
Serving alongside Dustin is one of the most rewarding parts of being at G42. Dustin continues to demonstrate incredible leadership, wisdom, and faithfulness into every aspect of ministry, and it is so much fun to see everyday.
If you ever come visit Dustin and I, you will understand that we live in a beautiful country. Spain is rich in language, culture, and history, and we are soaking it all in. We are improving our Spanish daily, giving us a greater opportunity to connect with the community in Mijas, but not without our fumbles and mistakes. I have become excellent at laughing at my own language mistakes, along with the giggles of my students:)
Another blessing is the genius of technology. No matter how far we are, we can still play peek-a-boo with our nieces and nephews, be a part of Sunday lunch (kind of), and talk face to face with our family. We are connected both here and there, and God’s grace has covered us to be a part of the lives two doors down as well as thousands of miles away.
Lastly, a blessing that far outweighs the beauty of Spain is the people we serve alongside. G42 has an amazing leadership team that we continue to learn from, and their dedication to making a difference in other people’s lives is incredible. They have put their lives on hold for the sake of fulfilling someone else’s dream, and we are honored to be a part of such a wonderful group of people.
I could never have imagined what I was signing up for when I was sixteen years old, but life is more beautiful than I could have dreamed. So today, I am counting my blessings and marveling at the wonder of God and His faithful love for us. Everyone, everyday, has countless blessing in their lives, you only need to search them out and tell Him thank you!