So some of you might have
received the news that I’m moving
to Canada. “You’ll freeze your
African flip flopped feet of yours!”
You say. You’re right. You’re also right
that you’ll hear some comment from
me about having antifreeze in my
veins being half Canadian. What is
a bigger change other than the
weather? Moving two time zones west, away from everything I’ve known-warmth, the south, friends, and everything else I’ve known. I know, being an MK makes this easy for me right? Not necessarily. I’ve always moved with family or to be
near those I love. I’m moving to
Canada solely for a job.
I’m uprooting my life so I can get my loans paid off and be more free to do what God has for me next. I’ll be the most independent l’ve been yet, and in the position where I have to depend on Him the most. Thankfully I have my dad’s family in Three Hills nearby. Besides them, I have no church, no friends I’ll consistently see every day, and it’s a rough job in a rough profession. Twelve hours a day in essentially the construction business (surveying). If there is any time that is critical in my life, it’s this time. I can run away from God with no one to see it happen or l can take this time to grow fully with Him. This time will make me or break me.
l’m choosing to grow. There is so much opportunity for it. I believe my calling is to be a missionary, and what better way to learn this than now? I may be going there to work, but I’ll still be uprooting my life and going somewhere foreign. I won’t be around many believers and I’ll
have to forge new relationships and show Christ all the time while I go
through this transition. Praise God for this opportunity! It may turn into a desert time for me, but He’ll be my oasis. No matter where I’m called I
remember my time here is temporary,
and I want to make the most of it. So this is where I’m at and what I’m doing. I’ll leave you some verses from 2 Corinthians 5 that inspired my post… Well maybe all of them because they are so good!
2 Corinthians 5:1-21 ESV
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.