“He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.”
My dear friends,
After over a year of anticipation, I am here in Kona! It truly is beautiful here! I couldn’t have asked for a smoother trip here yesterday. Since it was my first time flying alone, I was fairly nervous, but the Lord sent me such wonderful signs that he was with me. One of my fellow students in my program was on my plane, and I got a window see on the plane next to a very kind christian couple. When I got off the plane, immediately there were people from YWAM there to help me!
Today is my first full day here, it is going well. It rained hard this morning, but unlike the familiar icy cold rain found in my home in Portland, this rain was warm; full of life. This rain felt good. It started raining when we all gathered at the Plaza of Nations; all the new students uniting for the first time. It rained all during our morning welcoming ceremony and orientation, then the rain lifted just as we were finishing worship and praying together. It was as if the Lord was looking down at us and saying through the rain “I see you all gathering here in my name. I bless you all, keep doing what you are doing.”
I feel so at peace about being here. God has made is unmistakably clear to me that this is where I need to be at this time in my life. That doesn’t mean that I don’t feel scared or restless; that doesn’t mean that it is going to be easy. The opposite actually, I know this will be very hard sometimes. But I know that this is what God wants me to be doing, so it will be more than worth it. I am doing my best to get rid of my expectations about these next six months. I am trying to put aside my priorities, and make connecting with God my main priority.
When we arrived at the base, each of the students in my program was given a gift bag, with a card in it from our leaders. In my card, I was given the word “restoration,” and the verse above: Psalm 23:2-3. I have a hope that the Lord will restore my soul while I am here; I am going to do my best to be open to him, give him every opportunity to do so.
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