Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Stories of Faith

It has been a weird few weeks as I have prepared to leave for my trip to Kenya tomorrow. As you might expect, things that shouldn't go wrong are going wrong (I'm looking at you, THREE sinuses infections over four weeks!) and anything that could possibly get in my head to try and discourage me or frighten me about the trip has tried to weasel its way in, like a sick family member and then there was an epic toe stub on a cart at Target this weekend that ripped off a cool third of my big toenail and sort of put the cherry on top for me.

But I will NOT be defeated! A little frustrated, maybe. Emotional? SURE. But if anything, these things have gotten me more ready than ever to hop on that plane and leave Atlanta and doctors and sinus problems and all those little, unimportant things BEHIND!

If I can share a quick story/revelation/inspiring note, I've been reading Hebrews lately and opened up my Bible this weekend in a state of emotional exhaustion and frustration and fear and turned to where I left off, Hebrews 11. The chapter itself (NLT) is called "Great Examples of Faith" and begins with the verse, "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." (11:1) and then goes on to list examples of faith demonstrated by people in the Old Testament (Abraham, Abel, Sarah, Moses, Jacob, Joseph, etc. etc. etc.). If that wasn't a wake up call that I needed to let GO of my worries and fears about hopping on a plane with a messed up ear and just trust in God to get me to Kenya unscathed, then I just don't know what is. Plus I think I'd rather deal with an ear infection on a plane than some of the things those before me experienced...I guess I don't have it so bad! :)

Also, in conjunction with the Hebrews passage, my small group has been chipping away at the Gospels over the past few weeks. We started with John and I am pulling a few inspirational verses from there, like John 14:14, "Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!" and John 16:24, "Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy."

So, after reading that passage this weekend, I have decided to embrace a "zero thoughts wasted on worry" attitude and instead adopt total trust and blind faith in God, even though I can't see what's coming up. After all, He is the beginning and the end, and I have a feeling this is the beginning of something incredible for each of us heading out tomorrow.

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