Now that you've done that, it sets the tone for what has been on my heart recently. In about one month - almost to the day - I'm heading to Mexico for 7 weeks. It's a little crazy to think about. Just a year ago, I had no idea what would be in store for my heart and love for this little village. But here we are. And it's not just me, but I have an entire army of amazing people coming with me. The beauty of that is just mind blowing.
But in the process of preparing for this, I've had to go through refining. I've had to, like never before, trust that God covers this. He covers this programmatically, financially, emotionally, and in every aspect - because God is about bringing dignity and hope and life to those who are forgotten and ignored. He delights in that.
There's a temptation when you're jumping into something big to forget that it's not about you. If you're anything like me, you get hyper focused in "go mode" and start plowing. The drive and passion isn't the problem - it's necessary in order to move effectively. But the challenge becomes when you forget the people in the process - and the One who's been shaping it.
This past Sunday, I had the privilege of listening to Judah Smith and he was digging into the story of the man at the pool of Bethesda. When talking about the interaction between the man and Jesus, he asked us how often we invite Jesus into our plan for how things are supposed to go rather than looking to Him for the answer -asking Him to be the one who guides and points us to where we need to go. There's a tension between pursuing the thing we see as reasonable and available and first asking for wisdom from the One who sees all things. It's just "easier" to do it ourselves, yeah? But how often have I come up wanting in my pursuit of my plan, my way?
So, we're about to embark on something kind of crazy. I have NO idea where this goes, but the goal is for young people to have a deeper understanding of their worth and value. And my hope is that in the shifting and changing of expectations, I remember to turn my eyes away from the promise of an inconsistent "pool" and towards the constant, loving, faithful Savior who loves us. And that His praise will ever be on my lips, declaring who He is as we seek to love well.