Do you have moments in your life that you can clearly see your path started anew?
Do you have key seasons or defining moments when you made big decisions and took risks like never before?
Those moments in time were vital; in the midst, you probably felt very vulnerable and loads of what ifs were making roadways through your mind. Yet in hindsight, you can see where you made that decision to take the risk, to do something you had never done before. The moment is vibrant, vivid and will remain significant. It must. Keep it.
Recall those moments; revisit those crossroads;
come back to remember the questions and doubts that were nothing but silent.
Recall the peace you found; recall the words Papa comforted you with; recall the actions and days that followed.
Every few months I purpose to recall and take a look back on life a year ago. It reveals the faithfulness of my Papa, and keeps me moving forward.
This particular season of life one year past was no exception. As you may well know, I was in Brighton, England, at this time last year, and the experience was too incredible for my limited vocabulary. Those four & a half weeks will remain vivid in my memory, and continue (more than 365 days later) to bring smiles and laughter to my face; nothing will replace those moments & the spectacular friends I made there & the perspective I now have of how my Papa God loves me.
It’s times like those I want to savor. 365+ days ago, I began to experience life, and the substance of my Papa in ways I never experienced him before.
Namely how he loves me authentically, personally & intimately. Papa cares about the details of my heart. He honors risk. I stepped out of my comfort & safety zone. I basically faced some of my biggest fears of meeting strangers and making conversation, and being myself.
Wow! What a faithful father! I’ll break it down.
// I believed he made me brave already, I just need to practice.
// Papa had been making me more comfortable being myself, this was the next steps to freedom & abundant, happy, joyous life.
// I want adventure? Okay, step out of your comfort zone so far that I am forced to rely on Holy Spirit and get out there! What do I have to lose?
// Why not? Why not venture & see what comes of this adventure? The only person I would have to blame if I didn’t go, was me. I didn’t want to live with regret.
// I asked, Papa provided. Money? Check. Peace? Loads. I remember being extremely excited when sharing what I was about to embark on. Friends and family said “Wait, WHAAT?! All by yourself?!” And I replied with a confident, Yes! I was confident my Papa would come through, I knew he would not leave me high and dry.
Why am I recalling this with you? To vulnerably share. We can all learn something from each other! I believe Papa placed me on this journey of adventure to learn & discover bucket loads of his goodness, faithfulness, happy joy, wild & free life along the way and dump it wherever I go. I believe my craving for adventure is specific to my DNA and he loves that about me. In fact, he fashioned me that way.
I am here (on Earth in this time period, and here on this blog, here in my city, here in this moment) to share my craving for adventure. To share my wonder that has yet to be fully satisfied. To share my thoughts and share what I am learning.
I am here to discover; solo + accompanied.
I am a soul who needs to create and share creatively. I need to give hugs. I need human touch because in years past, I hated hugs. I need to be detailed. I need to share my heart, because in years past, I kept high walls & my heart was hard like stone. I need to share my thoughts because in years past, I thought they were not worth sharing. I need to share because it makes me come alive. I need to share because Jesus has so redeemed and turned my life upside down happy, I can’t do what I did before I encountered his love for me.
\\ So what is this journey? It’s journey of discovery. It is tailored to you, which you can’t be convinced of until you’ve experienced it for yourself. Truly.
Will this be a defining season? Will this be a significant moment?
You decide. You have the power.