I hope you all are enjoying the Canadian summer. I’m looking forward to enjoying the last couple weeks of summer when I get home in 8 days. , I’m getting really excited to come back to Canada, so I can eat real Canadian food, be around the familiar again, and to see my family and family (especially my nieces and nephew). Although, I have enjoyed every bit of my time here; I think I know this season is quickly coming to an end.
Some of you my wondering what my plans are when I home to Canada. When I first came to Africa I was open to where God wanted me to live once I came home to Canada. However, the more I thought about coming home to Canada the more I realized Calgary was where I wanted to be. I always thought about how much I loved my job at Children’s hospital, my church and my friends. I would also think about all the fun things I can do it Calgary and how it’s so close to the mountains. I was excited to continue my life in Calgary when I came back home and I generally thought this is where God wanted me to be.
However, one day I was sitting in a meeting a couple months ago, thinking about what I have learned in Africa, especially what I have learned about surrendering your personal wants and needs to serve God and others, specifically in regards to your family. I have met so many people here in Africa that have sacrificed so much to put others and their families before themselves. For example, my African friend helps supports her late brothers wife and children by helping pay for medical bills and school, as well, taking them into their home. It seems like the normal thing here is to take care of your family, where as in Canada it seems like we are constantly putting our needs before others.
Therefore, as I was sitting there in the meeting I felt God was asking me what I doing to take care for my family. I started to think about my older sister’s family (her and her husband have three kids under 4.5 years), they recently moved to Grande Prairie a year ago and have no support system. My older sister, Kellie, has not lived by immediate family for 10 years. I, then, started asking myself what would it look like if I moved to Grande Prairie. At first I was terrified, who wants to move to northern Alberta willingly (sorry for those who love the North). I asked God to not make me move to Grande Prairie and leave my “fun” life in Calgary. But, the more I prayed about this and embraced this idea of moving to Grande Prairie; I realized in my heart that this is where God wants me to be. I also feel like that God may ask me to do missions again one day, so until that day comes again I want to be able to spend time as much time as I can with family because that is what I’ve missed the most about being away from. So, when I come home I’ll spend a couple of weeks with friends and family in Nanaimo and Calgary, and then I’m going to be moving to Grande Prairie. I will be finding a nursing job, place to live and a church. I’m trusting God to find me some great friends as well, since I only know my sister and her family there.
Once again, I’m putting all my trust and hope in God. I’m leaving the familiar to follow God into the unfamiliar. It reminds of the Hillsong song Oceans that says “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders.” I feel like the common theme in my life is to trust God without understanding and go where he is leading me, even if it means surrendering my personal needs and wants to follow him. I don’t know what awaits me in Grande Prairie, everything might fall into place or it may feel like nothing is working out, or it may be a really hard season of my life or it may be one of the easiest. But, one thing I do know is that as I follow God into the unknown He will be right there in every moment. And the amazing thing to me is that even though there are so many unknowns, God has given me so much peace and joy about this choice. He has also made me excited about moving to northern Alberta, which is a miracle in itself. I’m excited to see what God has in store for me in this next season of my life.
I hope and pray my choice of moving to Grande Prairie has encouraged you to ask yourself where God is asking you to surrender your own needs and wants to follow him. Its not always easy and you may have to leave things behind to follow him and it may seem crazy, but when we step out in faith, God’s blessings are always there. He is Faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9).
I officially have 8 days left before I head home. Thank you to everyone who has faithfully read my blog and prayed for me the last 11 months. Please continue to pray for me as I finish my time here and step out in this new season of my life.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6