Here’s a final update before I will hopefully get to see each of you face to face and catch up. I know a lot has happened in your lives since I’ve been gone, and there’s many things I’d like to tell you in person about my time here.
First, thank you so much for the love, encouragement, and support. I know I’ve said it multiple times, but I want you to understand how important your kind words, texts, and messages have been. On the days when it was hard here, they helped get me through them. So, danke.
This has been a summer of learning. Father is teaching me so much about who He is, myself, and the people around me. I use the word “teaching” and not “taught” because I have not even begun to move from this place of learning. There are multiple lessons that I know He’s not done with teaching me, and they will look a lot different when I get home.
Throughout this summer, I’ve begun to understand what obedience over activity looks like. My natural desire is to fill my days up with things, good things, and feel busy. Whether we’d like to admit it or not, the consistent feeling of being busy can be addicting. Here, I had a lot of things with which I could fill my days. My co-leader and I had multiple groups out a one time, and we had to go from one to the other daily, while also taking care of ourselves spiritually. In the midst of it all, there were logistics to be thought out, and teachings to be planned. Then, someone in our group would get sick or need some counsel about an issue. All of these things – leading, loving people, logistics – aren’t bad things. However, when I allowed them to consume me and fill my mind completely, I found myself not enjoying any of them, and not relying on Father at all. The G*spel was not at the forefront of my mind, as it always should be. I would miss opportunities to talk to people on the train or in passing because “I had somewhere to be.” Then one day Father told me to go talk to two women while I was headed to meet one of our groups of students. I resisted and told Him that I was supposed to meet the students at a certain time, and I was already late. I continued this internal fight, but by His grace somehow decided to go up to them. They spoke English, and it turned out to be a great conversation. Had I not been obedient, but focused on the activities I had planned at the moment, I would’ve missed the sweet conversation I had with those two ladies, who I can now pr for.
We fill our days with lots of things. We have schedules and activities planned, and school, work, and church. These are not bad things, and to navigate life (for many people at least, myself included), schedules are necessary. In the midst of it all, we must:
1. Abide in Him. John 15:1-17
2. “Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” Ephesians 5:16-17
Father is so good, and we can’t miss out on what He’s doing in other’s lives by being too “busy.”
Thank you so much for following along this summer and encouraging me. The G*spel was shared this summer, and areas were drenched in pr. There were a couple of strong relationships built that our friends here are following up with. Father has had work going on here in Munich for forever, and He’s going to continue that work. I’m thankful me, my team, and all of you who prayed or supported us financially got to be a part of it. See you soon!