The Journey of a Dream…
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships were built for.” – John Shedd
In 2003 I circumnavigated the globe through a program called Semester at Sea. It changed my life in the most incredible way. I knew then that I wanted to travel, and I wanted to change the world – simultaneously if possible. A year or so later a few friends from Semester at Sea went on to participate in life changing programs through an organization called Adventures in Missions. This organization ran a program called the World Race, where participants would go to 11 countries in 11 months and sought to help others and share Jesus in the process. I knew this was God’s next step for me… …Except it wasn’t.
The next few years I worked as a life coach in a home for women that walked through the hardest of life circumstances – Wellspring Living – this season changed my life as much as any other season ever did. I soon met my boyfriend, that 4 ½ years later would become my husband. I worked a number of other jobs that the Lord used to mold and make me. In the back of my mind I kept wondering when the Lord was going to say to go on the World Race.
The Lord had other plans. My boyfriend and I got engaged, married and even planned our next move to North Carolina to work with a youth ministry. Little did I know, that plan would come to a screeching halt before it even got started.
Not even a year into marriage, knowing we had a call on our lives to work in ministry, the door closed with the ministry in North Carolina in one day. With dreams seemingly crushed, we did what anyone else would do. We bought pizza, ice cream, watched movies, played games, I cried, he processed, and we spent the weekend breathing, and having fun together.
On Monday, during a frustrated whim, I got on Facebook with no idea what in the world we were supposed to do next. Mindlessly scrolling, I saw that an old college friend was pregnant. I went to tell her “Congratulations” and noticed she worked with Adventures in Missions. Having put thoughts of this organization in the very back of my mind, I randomly, and half not expecting an answer asked her “ You’re not hiring are you”? “Yes!” was her response. And as God works, my previous jobs set me up for being the right person for this job!
“”For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8
Little did I know at the time, that a month later my husband would also be hired on staff and we would spend the next 4 ½ years serving in ministry together with Adventures in Missions. Our dreams of leading teams to other countries and cities to serve and grow would come to fruition. We would be immersed in an incredible community that would become our family while living away from our biological family. We would grow in our marriage, character, leadership ability, and so much more. Our journey has Not been without it’s hardships, but thankfully the times that we thought we just could not go on, The LORD helped us to, and surrounded us with people to walk through life with.
All this being said, it may come as no surprise that when my sweet friend texted me this week to ask me to fill out my Exit Interview from Adventures in Missions I told her I couldn’t, because I was crying too much. She kindly said to take my time. You see, what so few realize, is that this was never a job, it was a dream many, many years in the making. The Lord was writing a maze filled story on my heart and in our lives that I never ever could have pieced together had I tried.
I am grateful that even during this journey The Lord was writing our next journey.
The Lord has given us new and incredible dreams greater than we could have ever imagined. Our dreams go by the names of Aiden and Autumn. One is napping in his crib, and the other is napping in front of me as I type. I know that at this time my role is no longer with Adventures in Missions. I’m excited to see what this new journey looks like and the amazing adventures we go on. I know God has huge dreams for us and I can not wait to see what they are.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20