In 3 days, 22 hours, and 27 minutes (but who’s counting?), 40 people from Vancouver, WA will depart for a new adventure in Martin, Slovakia.
As the day of departure draws nearer, you can count on certain emotions intensifying: excitement, anxiety, panic, self-doubt – and, sometimes, fear as these questions start invading our thoughts: Am I doing the right thing? How will I adjust to a new culture, new food, new people, new place? Have all the details been taken care of? Will God use me? What was I thinking? (My personal favorite!)
Even after making this trek eleven times, I still have “all the feels”, so I was grateful when this memory from a few years ago popped up on my Facebook page this morning:
“The God who holds every minute has already been to this day, and tomorrow, and two weeks from Saturday. He knows exactly what we’ll face and exactly where He’ll be standing as we face it. Maybe that’s why He tells us “Do not fear” so many times.” Bo Stern
Since He knew what I needed in this minute and on this day, and has shown Himself to be faithful time and time again, I know I can place my confidence in Him for the days ahead – even in the midst of the pre-trip panic.
Let’s get this adventure started…
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43:1-3