As my time in Dallas winds down, I’ve been soaking up as much time as I can with friends and family. I’ve been asked a lot, “Are you excited? Are you nervous?” I’m definitely excited to see what lies ahead, and I’m more anxious from anticipation than I am nervous. I feel like I’ve been talking so much about going, it’s just kind of surreal that the time is here. To look back and see how the Lord has been preparing me for this time makes me wonder, “What is this time preparing me for?” I don’t know what will happen, but I do know that God is good and His plan for me is good.
The comforts of home have constantly been on my mind: quality time with friends and family, worshiping with my church body and engaging in deep and intentional conversation with my home group. As I sat in church this morning reflecting on these things, I was reminded of the story of the rich ruler in Luke 18:18-30. If you don’t know the story, I’ll give you a minute to read it. Although I am not rich in the eyes of the world, I do realize that I have a lot of things in my life that I am tied to and tend to hold too tight to. As I began to think of these things, the Lord spoke so sweetly to me, reminding me that He is all I need. He is enough. He is my portion. Not the treasures of this world or the comforts of home. Going into a season of unknowns, I cling to the truth that He is enough. Although I will be away from the people who spur me on to know Christ more deeply, I know that ultimately God is fully capable of drawing me to Himself apart from them.
I’ll leave you with Psalm 103:1-5.
“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”