It is incredible how quickly time passes us by. It’s been exactly a year since I’ve landed here in Botswana with my family. In the words of Charles Dickens, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” This has been the best worst year ever. Although this year has probably become the greatest paradox of my life, I don’t know if there will ever be a season I will be more thankful for. I find myself thanking God quite frequently for this journey. I consider it my soul restoration and saving year.
Within weeks here, the pruning began. I began to question absolutely everything and wondered, as would be expected, if I had made the right decision. (My answer is now an unequivocal yes!) Every perspective I could have ever had about anything or anyone, especially myself, became dismantled. I’ve been stretched and challenged in ways that I would have never believed necessary. I’ve had to rework through spiritual foundations. I’ve had to rediscover my why and how. I’ve learned the importance of being removed, both spiritually and physically. I’ve remembered the beauty of taking courage to stand strong in your convictions regardless of what may come your way. I’ve experienced the joy and peace that overwhelms the soul when you completely trust and depend on God and God alone. I’ve learned what it means to bear your brothers burdens. Like really bear your brothers burdens. I’ve crossed paths with people that have faith like I have never experienced before. I’ve also had to practice what it means to yield yourself completely to God’s purpose. And that’s not all! I’ve only skimmed the surface!
Y’all it has been a year to remember for me. I honestly get teary eyed thinking of how gracious God has been to me. To pull me aside and take such time with me, to prune me, and to love me. I am truly blessed. My only regret is that I fought against the purpose of this season the first few months of this past year. Submission and obedience are at the foundation of growth and the increase of wisdom.
To those that have been and continue to be so supportive and loving through this journey, Thank you! I send my love!