I had an incredible summer with YD Adventures, and though I am now moving on to the next part of the journey, it wouldn’t be fair to do so without noting just how faithful God has been to us, both in providing us with challenge and in restoring our strength. I am leaving this summer filled by the ministry we did and the adventures I had on my days off. I can say that I KNOW God moved in our community. I saw Him show up on each trip we took with the youth, and I am convinced that there is nothing quite like seeing Him work in a human life. What a privilege to be a part of it! The following by Henri Nouwen sums it up quite well:
"The mystery of ministry is that we have been chosen to make our own limited and very conditional love the gateway for the unlimited and unconditional love of God."
I am currently sitting in the SEATAC airport, waiting to board my flight across the ocean. I honestly do not know much about what is waiting for me on the other side, but I know that God has promised His presence. There is a song line that seems rather fitting, like God sending me a clue as to what is ahead:
“I have a plan for you, I have a plan for you. It’s gonna be wild, it’s gonna be great, it’s gonna be full of me.”
Any plan that is wild, great, and full of God’s presence sounds like one I want in on!
In YD we talk with our youth about the anchors we have in our lives--- and how necessary it is to have a solid anchor in Christ. What if God, knowing that He is our highest good, knowing our need is for Him alone, chooses to take away the weak and faulty anchors we try to set in anything other than Him? What if what we might so often perceive as painful and trying circumstances are actually the mechanisms God uses to destroy all but Him as the anchor of our lives? I’m so thankful for this love that chooses what is best, not what is most comfortable according to our human understanding. May I be able to say with everything in me, "Hallelujah, all I have is Christ! Hallelujah, Jesus is my life!"