I recently had a beautiful conversation with a lady from South Carolina. Her accent reminded me of the mountains, the peaceful tranquility of sitting on a deck admiring total greenness and watching cars pass on road trips. It made me want to drive and get frozen lemonade, wonder around Target for hours on end and buy a giant cheeseburger. Needless to say, the accent took me back. It took me back to the moment I stepped off of the plane at Atlanta, Georgia, took a deep breath and say “Yup, I could live here.”
“Ros, you haven’t even stepped out of the airport yet!”
Well, I didn’t care. I wanted to be surrounded by the people, the accents, the FOOD (my goodness the food) forever and ever amen.
It’s nearly been a year since I went and graced the land of the free with my presence, or rather, it graced me. It made me feel at home away from home.
Our conversation soon quickly got onto talks about the future. Where I wanted to be, what I wanted to do, where I wanted to go. You know, the scary stuff.
“Everywhere”. I replied. I want to go to the Thailand and I want to feel the sea on my feet in Australia, I want to visit the seven wonders of the world and find interesting abandoned places. I want to cliff dive into the sea in the Philippines and take breathtaking photos of the world.
She reminded me that it’s so okay to have an adventurous soul and that God sometimes puts those desires on our hearts. She reminded me not to settle, in life and in adventures. And that if God gave me a desire to travel and experience new things that I should go for it. Submit to His will and go where He takes me.
She reminded me that sometimes it doesn’t always look like how we want it to look. It doesn’t always appear before us in the exact way we imagined it. Sometimes he takes us there by routes we’d never think of. And that’s okay too. That’s part of the adventure. That’s Him blowing our expectations out of the water, no matter how big or small they are.
There is adventure in the everyday for the soul that’s willing to sacrifice their own agenda and step into His calling and favour.
She also reminded me that sometimes the peace isn’t all we should be searching for. I chuckled to myself at the Christianese phrase of “Do you have peace?” (if you haven’t watched John B Crist’s “Christian Ways of Saying No” do it now!) She said “yes, look for that underlying peace that remains no matter the circumstance BUT sometimes our anxiety and our nervousness and pure terror at an opportunity set before us can scare the crap out of us but that doesn’t mean that it’s not His will.
My mind and everything I had once learned was blown out of the water. I wondered how many times I’d missed out on opportunities because the peace was falsely ransacked by my own nervousness or the enemy’s attempt to throw me.
She reminded me that sometimes it’s in those moments that we’re so close to fulfilling what God wants us to do. The enemy hates the fact that we’re about to accomplish something for His kingdom.
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9
We concluded our beautiful conversation with prayer. How beautiful it is to see women lift each other, beyond the generations. I was taken away by her realness, how open she was about her journey and how it wasn’t easy at all but where would faith and trust come in if it was?