Tuesday, September 21, 2010

to South Africa...

I'm not sure how I ended up here.  It started when a friend of mine mentioned that she was leading a trip to South Africa with some students.  I don't even think I let her finish before I jumped in with an enthusiastic, "I want to go!"  It was a no-brainer.  Travel to South Africa for a month with one of my best friends and love some people while I'm there and share about how awesome Jesus is.  In the meantime, get to know some cool college students.  Couldn't have been an easier decision.  I even got the okay from work to leave for the month.  Which is amazing in itself.  

Things have changed a little since that day.  She's out and I'm in.  No more best friend... just 12 students and me.  I've met two.  Whoa, those are some mighty big leadership shoes to fill.  

Following where God leads isn't always clear... or easy.  Let me rephrase that.  Following where God leads is rarely clear or easy.  Isn't that what I've heard in ten thousand sermons?  If you are "too comfortable" then you might not be listening?  As sure as I am of that statement, I'm equally sure of this:  Not following where God leads is uncomfortable.  Like a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.  I don't think I can take that.  There's nothing like looking back on your journal from the month earlier where you told God you'd follow Him to South Africa in January... then backing out like a scared little kid.  So, I'll just go to South Africa, even though I still feel like a scared little kid.  Good thing He's strongest when I'm weak.  

I'm ready to go to South Africa, God.  Help me get there.  

I'll keep you all posted.  I have a feeling things are going to get interesting... like lions and tigers interesting.