There’s no other place

This is where it gets real.

I’m two days out from my adventure.
Nashville. Detroit. London. Amsterdam. Kenya. Johannesburg. Cape Town. Johannesburg. Amsterdam. Atlanta. Nashville.

I’m too young. I’m too scared. and frankly, too safe to want to leave.
But it’s funny how safety works.

For the past couple weeks when the topic of my trip comes up I get comments similar to this:
“Be safe there, I hear it’s pretty dangerous.”

Or the even more assuring version:

“Are you sure you want to go? It’s pretty scary over there.”
… um yeah, don’t you think it’s a little late to back out now?

Sorry for the sassiness, but I don’t think God works like that.

I’ve never heard God say, “I’m calling you to ________, unless it’s too scary. If that’s the case, by all means, DO NOT GO – go stay in your room, turn on your electric blanket, snuggle with your cat and never go outside.”

…and as wonderful as that sounds – it’s not true.

Nope.

If I know that’s where I’m called, not going seems more dangerous.
We all know what happened to Jonah when he ignored God’s calling (so glad I don’t live near a large body of water.)

The other day I caught up with one of my favorite ladies on campus, a wise faculty member at Tech who has been encouraging me in this area for awhile. And by encouragement I mean she has been almost holding my hand in this struggle.

She said pretty much the same thing about how I shouldn’t avoid unsafe conditions, and the likelihood of danger in my very own neighborhood. But then she said this, and it stuck with me,

“Go with the peace God has given you, and let it guide you. If others tell you how unsafe it is, tell them, ‘Thanks for your concern,’ and then shake the dust off your feet and don’t let them get you down.” and then she proceeded to tell me to read Psalm 91.

I thumbed through my bible yesterday and finally read the psalm. Here’s verses 9-12,

“9 If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge,’
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

So to all who are worried (including myself), and concerned (ALSO including myself!), take hold of the Prince of Peace and let Him guide you.

I promise there is no place I’d rather be than here in Your love, here in Your presence, here where You called me. That is enough.

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