Almost exactly a month ago, I set out to Washington state to visit some friends. The plan was to fly back the next week. Did I? Nope… for once the opportunity to extend a trip happened to work out and everything I knew had to fall into place just happened to do so. I know the Lord worked everything out because I prayed His will be done, and I truly believe it was. So I added 3 weeks!
I had the most wonderful, interesting, exhausting and unforgettable experience to date.
The family I traveled with is evangelizing all over the country full-time. They’re some of my closest friends, like a second family to me. Not only did I create numerous memories with each of them and go through many ups and downs by their side, but I got to see and be a part of their ministry for three weeks as they traveled the west and preached and sang at our churches in different states.
We started out in Washington state for two weeks, then drove to Salem, Oregon for a week. Then Prineville, OR for half a week and Salt Lake City for a few days. Finally we drove home to Phoenix, AZ, taking a detour through Las Vegas and over the Hoover Dam along the way so I could see a little more of the west.
It was incredible to see the same spirit in every church and the same love and care coming from all these people we were just meeting for the first time. I got to experience first hand the exhaustion that comes with staying up late to fellowship with friends and get up early for whatever reason…. to travel, to go into town, to practice or just so everyone could get a shower in before lunch time. I got to see the love of a family, for each other and for me, and feel their protection as if I was their own. The love of God and His people is simply amazing!
I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world. Being back in TN is so foreign to me now… instead of the state and town and house that I was all too familiar with, I feel like I’m just at another stop along the way before I travel somewhere new. This doesn’t feel like “home” anymore. Some of the family will be here next week for a revival at our church. It can’t come soon enough!
God is working out in my heart and in situations where I need to be after I graduate in May, which has been a huge concern lately. I trust that He’ll lead me exactly where I’m supposed to be! It’s so wonderful to have someone like Him that I can trust so fully.