I have a love hate relationship with Facebook’s “on this day” feature. Sometimes it reminds me of great moments of my life, but other times it simply shows me cringe worthy posts from my high school immaturity (though I find myself very thankful that Facebook wasn’t around during my middle school years).
Though I don’t have a Facebook post to be reminded of, I vividly remember what I was doing on this day three years ago. On this day three years ago I was finishing my last minute packing as I was getting ready to leave for the airport early the next day. I was getting ready to leave for Thessaloniki, Greece for three month. It was my first time flying completely alone, my first time outside of North America (and only my second time outside of the United States, my first time was to Canada only months before), and my first time living away from my family. I had no idea what to expect of the city, the culture, or the people I wold be living with. I had few preconceptions because I really had nothing to compare it to. I was immensely excited, but also a little bit scared. Those three months would be some of the most challenging, growing, and inspiring times of my life.
Two years ago on this day I was on vacation with one of my roommates from Greece who ended up being one of my best friends in the world. It was hard to believe that we had only known one another for a year because our time in Greece had brought us together in a way that builds a strong and lasting relationship. That vacation marked a turning point in my life not because it was particularly impactful, but because it came at the end of a trying season in my life that was wrought with loneliness, heartbreak, and crazy amounts of change, but I was finally at a point where I had a new normal.
A year ago on this day I really don’t remember what I was doing because it clearly wasn’t all that interesting. However a year ago on this day was around the time that I had decided to follow God’s call on my life to serve in missions again. I had begun the application process to serve as a missionary associate in Europe. A year ago on this day I was finally looking forward to a new and exciting season rather than backward to a season past.
On this day today I am in the process of building my financial partnership team so that I can serve with an amazing team in Budapest, Hungary. I am looking forward to an exciting season in my life that will undoubtedly bring change and growth. On this day today I am also committed to learning in the season that I am in right now. I am learning from my ministry at church certainly, from building relationships with friends here in my hometown, and from building relationships with ministry partners.
The past three years have been wrought with changes, challenges, and growth. I am taking a completely different academic path, career path, and life path than I could have possibly expected and I am so excited about where it is taking me. In the moment it is hard to see why there are challenges and changes in our lives, but when we take the time to look back on them we can begin to see how they have fit together to get us to where we are.
Proverbs 16:9 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”