The last year has been filled with highs and lows and miraculous wonders. It’s true that this journey is as much an adventure as it is a hike up a steep mountain with a backpack full of rocks. I write you this as I’m preparing to make a big transition…after 9 years of living in Washington, DC, I’m headed to Austin, Texas to start a new chapter of life. I’m excited and nervous, expectant and scared; sad to leave my friends but joyful to start a new chapter of life and meet new people, hear their stories, and claim new territory.
Yes, claim new territory.
This year I saw a miracle happen in my family, after 5 years of waiting for a kidney donor, my 71-year-old father got a new kidney… that kidney has not just meant a new chance at life for my father, but it’s been a constant reminder that God answers prayers, gals. Every morning as I traveled down the George Washington Parkway I prayed for that miraculous healing for years and God has done it. And that’s just the beginning. I see God reclaiming his territory in my family and among my friends; and I want to be part of that, so I’m off to Texas to take my place and do what God will have me do there.
All this emotion is also filled with longing and waiting. I’m still waiting for the man that will serve next to me. I said it. Still waiting, believing that God can and will answer that prayer. It’s not easy to wait, and it’s definitely not easy to wait with a joyful heart. Maybe you’re reading this waiting on a miracle, waiting on a baby that hasn’t come, waiting for that prodigal son or daughter to return home, or waiting for change to happen. I get it. I get it. There are days where I just want to fall to the ground and just give up, but then I remember that there’s a whole world out there waiting for the hope I know, and that I’m called to bring it to them. I can’t be distracted by what I don’t have. I know God hears me, he hears you too. Beloved, He hears you, he knows those inner most thoughts, He has seen those tears you’ve cried and felt your scorn. And it’s coming…what God has for you is coming. Wait for it, but tend to that garden while you wait…get that fruit beautiful and ripe because it’s coming. I love you dearly and look forward to worshipping with you this August.
See you in Oklahoma!