Back in January, I took a trip to Walt Disney World with some friends. When we went to Hollywood Studios, I told everyone that Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster was one of my favorite rides. That is true, for the most part. But if you’ve ever ridden this ride, you know that the first 15 seconds of the ride are completely terrifying as they move you from 0 mph to 60 mph in like 3 seconds. So I was also sure to warn my friends that the beginning is miserable for me. I ride the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster every time I can though because, once I get past the first little bit, I enjoy it so much! So in January, I boarded the ride with several of my friends as they encouraged me to remain calm and just hang on for a little bit longer to make it through the first few seconds. Before they shoot you up to 60 mph, they count down “3…2…1!” And that’s when you’re supposed to go flying up to 60 mph through double doors and into the ride with all kinds of lights and twists and turns that you could never anticipate. Well, for some reason that day they had some minor technical difficulties. I am not exaggerating when I say that it counted down five times before we actually took off. My worst nightmare.
My journey toward Kenya has been a little like that day riding the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. I was ready to go this summer and there was a 3, 2, 1 countdown but some minor health issues prevented the launch. I learned I was fully funded and it seemed like the countdown was coming again but some other life events for myself and my teammate prevented the launch. And I’ve disliked this waiting period almost as much as I dislike the waiting in Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. But I’ve been hanging in there and soaking in love and encouragement from those who care about me because I know the launch is coming and it’s coming soon.
And so here we are. The 3, 2, 1 countdown is here and counting down to October 22 or 23! I’m not going to lie, I have angst just like when Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster counts down. I know the next several weeks are going to be like the first several seconds of the roller coaster. But the rest of the ride is going to be awesome! This is a journey I’ve been on for a while and I’m so excited to see what the rest will be like. I’m about to crash through the double doors and into the ride with all kinds of exciting new things. And while I know there will be difficult moments and surprises, the ride is going to be awesome!!!
The past week has been perfect, simply because God is perfect and his timing is perfect. I started the week with rich friend time at Milligan as I was on my way to Atlanta for Catalyst. I heard from CMF about some rapidly approaching departure dates and was then able to meet up with one of my teammates, Rebekah, so we could think about these dates and pray together. I then spent a couple of days at Catalyst where I was challenged and encouraged in the exact ways I needed at this point in my life. And I ended the week with more rich time with friends as I said some difficult goodbyes. During one session at Catalyst, however, we were singing Never Once by Matt Redman. The song repeats the words “You are faithful. God, You are faithful.” Those words have been playing in repeat in my mind because God has shown me that over and over and over again in the past seven days. So I can’t promise that I will have everything together in the next two weeks as I officially transition into this next part of my life. But I do know that God is faithful and his timing is perfect. And so I have peace because his perfect timing and faithfulness are enough.