I had planned on writing this back in February with the other two "parts". Life has surely been busy since then! I've been so blessed to have some amazing groups to serve with this spring! The work that these teams did can't be measured against the amount of joy they brought into so many lives! There were great things built and good things done, but they don't compare to the relationships that were made! I was back "home" to the US for about 3 weeks and it felt weird. Interesting...
"How's your new love? I hope he's doing fine"
In the first part of this three-part series I talked about my broken heart. God has surely brought me through this time and showed me His will. At this point I still don't know what the future holds but I have a trust that God has His timing. The comforting part about this whole journey is really that I have committed myself to it and I've accepted it. It's not like times past where I've been trying to live two separate lives. Whether it be good or bad, I've basically committed to just my life here (in Jamaica). Of course I miss friends and family, but it's not like I saw them much in years past during this time of year anyways. Mentally it's been good. Emotionally it's been good. In the long run I trust it will be good!
"Well I got to go now, and I guess I'll see you 'round"
"Pelican summer" for almost 800 people starts here in Jamaica next weekend! Up to a year or more of planning all comes to fruition starting May 30. There's definitely not enough time in the day to prepare for everything that will go on in the next almost 3 months, but the reassuring part is that God is in control of what will happen. I've said it multiple times, but I know that God is in control and there's only so much I can prepare for. He will handle the details. That's comforting to know at this point!
So for the next almost three months pray for the 9 teams that I'll be leading! I have put plans in place but only God knows what is truly in store for them. For some of them it will be their first time out of the country...for some their first time to Jamaica...for some they will REALLY hear God speak to them for the first time...for ALL it will be a life-changing experience! Pray that I get out of the way and let God work!
"Ain't it funny?"
I started this 6 month journey a little over 3 months ago. So I'm about half-way through and I'm still listening to what God wants to tell me. Knowing the way God works in me, in August I'll look back over the past six months and really start to comprehend what He's been trying to teach me. The people I've met, the places I've been, the amazing experiences I've had! Whatever it is, I know I'll look back and wonder how the time slipped away...