Today is the day. I am finally flying across the ocean and landing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia!
I feel like I have been talking about this for several months: from Vermont to Texas, with friends and family, hosting dinners and visiting different cities. It has been the focus of my days and prayers before bed. Prayers for provision, support, courage and faith.
I can confidently say that God has equipped me with a new perspective and identified new strengths in me that I was not aware of several months ago. This time of transition has brought struggles, fears and blessings to the surface and I am grateful for it all. Struggles don’t have to define us, but they can definitely refine us. I feel that way at least.
I’m writing this from Long Beach, CA in my last stop on US soil. I find myself taking the day in slow strides. Sleeping in, slowly preparing for travel, reading and appreciating the little things like phone calls and cereal. I am thankful for the time to be still, to have my mind slow down and mentally process the next step that is coming. To say I am “excited” seems overused and not substantial enough. I am… ASTOUNDED, that this dream has become a reality; HUMBLED, by the wisdom and support from those around me; CONFIDENT that this is the right move for me; READY to see what will be… as a newly classified “tall” person and student of Khmer (Cambodia’s language)!
This verse was read at International Justice Mission’s Commissioning Ceremony on the last day of Orientation in D.C. and I am sure to go back to it throughout my time abroad:
“And the Lord will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.” -Isaiah 58:11
And yes, this blog will house many random thoughts and entertaining snapshots. It’s been a more reflective time lately and, remember, I made no expectations of this blog. Ha.
[Packed. Some last cuddles with Kennedy-the cute baby on the top right. And some tasty s’mores with some of the sweetest women I know- I LOVE s’mores]