Wow – in just a little over 12 hours, I will be boarding a plane for Hong Kong. I still can’t believe that I am going. I have spent today battling tears and anxiety. Am I really ready? Am I really the person for this? What in the world made me think I could spend 16 months away from my boyfriend, my dog, my dear friends, my family!? Yet, in the same thought, I know that I AM prepared, I AM ready, and like it or not, I AM going. So, for the final day on my countdown, one prayer:
“Lord, I am sitting here, overwhelmed, scared, excited. I know that You have been guiding me and my heart for a long time. You have been working in my heart and my mind, and look where You have brought me! I am so amazed to know that such a powerful God has been guiding me all these years. I am so thankful for such an amazing support group – my family, my church, my friends. These are all people that I know You have put into my life – and what a blessing they are at a time like this!
As the moment is quickly approaching to step out (or fly out, as it is), I am asking for faith to trust You. I ask for strength to do the work that is needed. And for the grace to understand what it means to work WITH, not work FOR. For patience – both for me as well as for those I am working with – as we deal with the barriers of language and different cultures. For my family – that they may have peace of heart and mind, knowing that I am taken care of. For the pain of seperation. It won’t be easy, being away from those I love: my family, Kris, and all those friends who are so dear to my heart. Keep our communication clear and constant.
And Lord, tomorrow, as I am traveling, please be with the pilots, the work crews, the equipment, the others on the plane – guide us all safely to our destinations, and may our luggage arrive when and wherever we do.
Thank You for Your blessings abundant, Your peace and joy over something new! Graciously, Your child.”