In little over a month, I’m leaving the country.
In January, I will going to Rwanda and Uganda with World Help and four other bloggers and storytellers. We will be visiting orphans, widows and villages that are struggling to rise up out of poverty and war. We will be raising money and awareness for their orphan rescue operations and some specific building projects that are going on.
Guys and gals, I cannot tell you how excited I am about this.
Not just because I’m going to places I’ve never been.
I’m not excited for all the things I hope to do over there.
No, I’m excited for an entirely different reason.
Providence is Always More Fun Than Planning
A few years ago, I went on a trip to Mexico on a whim. I prayed, God answered, and I went with little thought about where I would be going.
For a few years now, I have been envious of bloggers who have traveled around the world to do humanitarian work. I expressed my interest to some places. I waited for invitations, but for one reason or another, things never worked out.
This last summer, I got pretty close. I almost went to Guatemala with Zack Hunt from The American Jesus and some other bloggers. But I quickly realized that the September schedule just did not bode well for me. Ten days, at the beginning of the school year, when I was already taking days off for conferences. I was heartbroken, but I declined the offer.
And somehow, just two weeks later, I got this invitation. Not to travel to Central America, but the other side of the world.
Totally out of the blue. The most beautifully orchestrated moments of my life – from meeting my wife to finding my teaching job – I can take no credit for. They are all providence.
I Am Not Going to Save the World
As I prepare, I am trying to get into a state of mind that is ready to go. I’m trying to be physically ready, but just as important, I need to be spiritually and emotionally ready.
And here is my meditation for preparing to go to the other side of the world:
I’m not going to save the world.
Nothing that I accomplish in those few days will save the world. I will not come back to America and brag to you all about what a huge impact I had.
No, the few days I spend in Africa are not about me, not about my efforts, not about my story.
I am going to Africa to witness God’s story unfolding. I am going to see how God is saving the world. I am going to see God’s redemption pouring through the pain. And whatever I contribute to that will be a drop in the ocean of God’s love. If God decides to use me, I’ll be grateful.
All the best things that happen in the world are not God answering our prayers, but doing things that are so big, we don’t know to pray for them. I hope you’ll pray for me and the work that is being done by World Help. Check out our page and see what’s going on. I’ll be trickling out a few stories here and elsewhere over the coming weeks.
Wherever you are going to be in the world, over Christmas, or in the coming year, I hope you see just how much God saturates this world.